scrappy

1
[ skrap-ee ]
/ ˈskræp i /

adjective, scrap·pi·er, scrap·pi·est.

made up of scraps or of odds and ends; fragmentary; disconnected.

Origin of scrappy

1
First recorded in 1830–40; scrap1 + -y1
Related formsscrap·pi·ly, adverbscrap·pi·ness, noun

Definition for scrappy (2 of 2)

scrappy

2
[ skrap-ee ]
/ ˈskræp i /

adjective, scrap·pi·er, scrap·pi·est. Informal.

fond of fighting, arguing, or competing.

Origin of scrappy

2
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; scrap2 + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for scrappy (1 of 2)

scrappy

1
/ (ˈskræpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

fragmentary; disjointed
Derived Formsscrappily, adverbscrappiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for scrappy (2 of 2)

scrappy

2
/ (ˈskræpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

informal pugnacious
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Word Origin and History for scrappy

scrappy


adj.

"consisting of scraps," 1837, from scrap (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "inclined to fight" (1895) is from scrap (v.2). Related: Scrappily; scrappiness.

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