adjective, scrag·gi·er, scrag·gi·est.

lean or thin; scrawny.
irregular; craggy; jagged.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for scraggy

Historical Examples of scraggy

  • Paklin made a sad grimace, and pointed to his scraggy, crippled legs.

    Virgin Soil

    Ivan S. Turgenev

  • Most of the captives were of the appearances denominated "scraggy" or "knotty."

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,

    George Alfred Townsend

  • But Scraggy was faithful to his trust, and revealed nothing.

    Charlie to the Rescue

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Probably he was tired of water, and swamp and water, and scraggy trees and water.

    Their Pilgrimage

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • We passed through the scraggy uplands of Lower Macedonia, and so to Salonika.

British Dictionary definitions for scraggy


adjective -gier or -giest

lean or scrawny
rough; unkempt
Derived Formsscraggily, adverbscragginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for scraggy

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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