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scrabbly

[ skrab-lee ]

adjective

, scrab·bli·er, scrab·bli·est.
  1. insignificantly small or sparse:

    scrabbly tufts of grass sprouting from the parched lawn.

  2. scratchy; raspy.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of scrabbly1

First recorded in 1940–45; scrabble + -y 1

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Example Sentences

I wrote you a scrabbly note from Ravenna a few days since—but I must follow it up, without delay, with something better.

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