- low or stunted, as trees.
- consisting of or covered with scrub, stunted trees, etc.
- undersized or inferior, as animals.
- wretched; shabby.
Origin of scrubby
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Examples from the Web for scrubby
There is one scrubby little orange kitten who is arguably the luckiest creature on Earth.‘Bones’ Creator Hart Hanson on Working with Michael Clarke Duncan
September 4, 2012
Why has so much attention been given to this tiny, miserable village and its scrubby little patch of land?Susiya: A Human Rights Calamity
August 9, 2012
Country very dense and scrubby; no feed in any of the thickets.Explorations in Australia
That scrubby menagerie had not gained in dignity from its transference to canvas walls.Meadow Grass
He gazed across the shimmering desert to a ridge of scrubby hills.The Quantum Jump
When they do, they form small, scrubby trees that are of little value.Seasoning of Wood
Joseph B. Wagner
The ground was very rocky, uneven, and full of holes and scrubby bushes.Hunting the Lions
- covered with or consisting of scrub
- (of trees or vegetation) stunted in growth
- British informal messy
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Word Origin and History for scrubby
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