- a lean or scrawny person or animal.
- the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton.
- Slang. the neck of a human being.
- Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
- Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.
Origin of scrag
Examples from the Web for scragged
"I should have been scragged, and no mistake," said the boy, with a shiver.It Is Never Too Late to Mend
Tell me what happened in the woods after I got scragged and Mike carted me up here?Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings
Just in case you get scragged in one of these brawls and I don't?Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
That old man would have been glad to see you scragged, Mr. Ainsleigh.The Mandarin's Fan
Besides, could he not plead that he had repaid the pals who had been scragged?Scenes from a Courtesan's Life
Honore de Balzac
- a thin or scrawny person or animal
- the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton
- informal the neck of a human being
- informal to wring the neck of; throttle
Word Origin and History for scragged
1540s, "lean person or animal, a raw-bones;" perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skragg "a lean person;" dialectal Swedish skraka "a great, dry tree; a long, lean man," skragge "old and torn thing," Danish skrog "hull of a ship, carcass," Icelandic skröggr, a nickname of the fox); perhaps from root of shrink.