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  1. a lean or scrawny person or animal.
  2. the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton.
  3. Slang. the neck of a human being.
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verb (used with object), scragged, scrag·ging.
  1. Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
  2. Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.
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Origin of scrag

First recorded in 1535–45; obscurely akin to crag2
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Related Words

stretch, execute, hoist, swing, noose, lynch, scrag, gibbet

Examples from the Web for scragged

Historical Examples

  • "I should have been scragged, and no mistake," said the boy, with a shiver.

    It Is Never Too Late to Mend

    Charles Reade

  • Tell me what happened in the woods after I got scragged and Mike carted me up here?

  • Just in case you get scragged in one of these brawls and I don't?


    Edward Elmer Smith

  • That old man would have been glad to see you scragged, Mr. Ainsleigh.

  • Besides, could he not plead that he had repaid the pals who had been scragged?

British Dictionary definitions for scragged


  1. a thin or scrawny person or animal
  2. the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton
  3. informal the neck of a human being
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verb scrags, scragging or scragged (tr)
  1. informal to wring the neck of; throttle
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Word Origin

C16: perhaps variant of crag; related to Norwegian skragg, German Kragen collar
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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.

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