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scrappy

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[ skrap-ee ]
/ ˈskræp i /
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adjective, scrap·pi·er, scrap·pi·est.
made up of scraps or of odds and ends; fragmentary; disconnected.
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Origin of scrappy

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First recorded in 1830–40; scrap1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM scrappy

scrap·pi·ly, adverbscrap·pi·ness, noun

Other definitions for scrappy (2 of 2)

scrappy2
[ skrap-ee ]
/ ˈskræp i /

adjective, scrap·pi·er, scrap·pi·est.
inclined to fight, argue, or compete; aggressive: Badgers are such scrappy fighters that coyotes will team up with them out of fear of being eaten by them. Having to defend itself against a giant corporation gave the new company a reputation as a scrappy contender.
having or showing spirit and determination, especially in spite of obstacles: This era formed dozens of legends—strong-willed, scrappy survivors whose faith in their cause was unshakable.

Origin of scrappy

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An Americanism dating back to1890–95; scrap2 + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for scrappy (1 of 2)

scrappy1
/ (ˈskræpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest
fragmentary; disjointed

Derived forms of scrappy

scrappily, adverbscrappiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for scrappy (2 of 2)

scrappy2
/ (ˈskræpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest
informal pugnacious
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