made up of scraps or of odds and ends; fragmentary; disconnected.
- scrap·pi·ly, adverb
- scrap·pi·ness, noun
Other definitions for scrappy (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use scrappy in a sentence
His first newspaper job was at Washington’s scrappy Daily News.In his memoir ‘Newsman,’ TV’s Pat Collins sticks to his story | John Kelly | December 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Some guys who had come up just behind us put on their skis on the actual summit and made a scrappy turn or two off the top before continuing down.
Over the course of three years and a half-dozen moves across the Northeast, these scrappy trails became the center of our outdoor life.
When Ant was still a scrappy upstart in 2008, Ma vowed to disrupt China’s financial system.China’s markets welcome homegrown tech—but Ant’s suspended IPO is a reminder of the risks | Grady McGregor | November 7, 2020 | Fortune
All our hosts love the Rays’ style of play but remain unconvinced that their underdog narrative is as scrappy as Tampa makes it sound.Will The Best Teams Make For The Best World Series? | Sarah Shachat | October 20, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
British Dictionary definitions for scrappy (1 of 2)
- scrappily, adverb
- scrappiness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for scrappy (2 of 2)
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