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adjective, scrag·gli·er, scrag·gli·est.
  1. irregular; uneven; jagged.
  2. shaggy; ragged; unkempt.
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Origin of scraggly

First recorded in 1865–70; scrag + -ly
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Related Words for scraggly

unkempt, scruffy, bedraggled, dilapidated, dingy, dirty, disheveled, grubby, grungy, messy, moth-eaten, shabby, sloppy, tacky, tattered, threadbare, torn, unclean, frayed, frazzled

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British Dictionary definitions for scraggly


adjective -glier or -gliest
  1. untidy or irregular
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Word Origin and History for scraggly


"having a rough, irregular, or ragged appearance," 1831, from scrag + -ly (1); also cf. scraggy.

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