[ skruhb-ee ]
/ ˈskrʌb i /

adjective, scrub·bi·er, scrub·bi·est.

low or stunted, as trees.
consisting of or covered with scrub, stunted trees, etc.
undersized or inferior, as animals.
wretched; shabby.

Origin of scrubby

First recorded in 1745–55; scrub2 + -y1
Related formsscrub·bi·ly, adverbscrub·bi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scrubby


/ (ˈskrʌbɪ) /

adjective -bier or -biest

covered with or consisting of scrub
(of trees or vegetation) stunted in growth
British informal messy
Derived Formsscrubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrubby



"stunted, inferior, shabby," 1590s; see scrub (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "covered with scrub" is from 1670s. Related: Scrubbiness.

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