Origin of scraggy

First recorded in 1565–75; scrag + -y1
Related formsscrag·gi·ly, adverbscrag·gi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for scraggily

Historical Examples of scraggily

  • Also throw a scraggily top of some kind into the water over the ring-pole to hide the catch after drowning.

    Mink Trapping

    A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

British Dictionary definitions for scraggily


adjective -gier or -giest
  1. lean or scrawny
  2. rough; unkempt
Derived Formsscraggily, adverbscragginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for scraggily



early 13c., "rough, jagged" (figurative); 1570s, of landscape, "rough, rugged, stumpy;" 1610s, of persons, "gaunt and wasted, lean, thin, bony;" see scrag + -y (2), and cf. scroggy, scraggly. In Scottish, scranky. Related: Scragginess.

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