mangey

[meyn-jee]
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adjective, man·gi·er, man·gi·est.


Nearby words

  1. mangel-wurzel,
  2. mangelwurzel,
  3. mangemange,
  4. manger,
  5. mangetout,
  6. mangia-cake,
  7. mangle,
  8. mango,
  9. mango madness,
  10. mangoky

mangy

or man·gey

[meyn-jee]

adjective, man·gi·er, man·gi·est.

having, caused by, or like the mange.
contemptible; mean: a mangy trick.
squalid; shabby: a mangy little suburb.

Origin of mangy

First recorded in 1520–30; mange + -y1

Related formsman·gi·ly, adverbman·gi·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for mangey

  • Of course, the mangey creature—ceasing the while from its perennial self-scratching—will hoot something derogatory.

    Pickwickian Studies|Percy Fitzgerald
  • It was one of those little one-ring affairs, you know, with a mangey camel, and a moth-eaten lion and a troop of trained dogs.

    Quarter-Back Bates|Ralph Henry Barbour


British Dictionary definitions for mangey

mangey

adjective -gier or -giest

a variant spelling of mangy

mangy

mangey

adjective -gier or -giest

having or caused by mangea mangy dog
scruffy or shabbya mangy carpet
Irish informal stingy or miserlya mangy reward
Derived Formsmangily, adverbmanginess, noun

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Word Origin and History for mangey

mangy

adj.

by 1745, from mange + -y (2).

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