scraggy

[ skrag-ee ]
/ ˈskræg i /

adjective, scrag·gi·er, scrag·gi·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. scr.,
  2. scrabble,
  3. scrabbly,
  4. scrag,
  5. scraggly,
  6. scram,
  7. scramasax,
  8. scramb,
  9. scramble,
  10. scrambled egg

Origin of scraggy

First recorded in 1565–75; scrag + -y1

Related formsscrag·gi·ly, adverbscrag·gi·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for scraggy

scraggy

/ (ˈskræɡɪ) /

adjective -gier or -giest

lean or scrawny
rough; unkempt
Derived Formsscraggily, adverbscragginess, noun

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Word Origin and History for scraggy

scraggy

adj.

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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