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scrubby

[ skruhb-ee ]

adjective

, scrub·bi·er, scrub·bi·est.
  1. low or stunted, as trees.
  2. consisting of or covered with scrub, stunted trees, etc.
  3. undersized or inferior, as animals.
  4. wretched; shabby.


scrubby

/ ˈskrʌbɪ /

adjective

  1. covered with or consisting of scrub
  2. (of trees or vegetation) stunted in growth
  3. informal.
    messy


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Derived Forms

  • ˈscrubbiness, noun
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Other Words From

  • scrubbi·ly adverb
  • scrubbi·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of scrubby1

First recorded in 1745–55; scrub 2 + -y 1
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Example Sentences

He found it “truly an exceptional sight,” but one located in “scrubby country,” something to be sketched and remembered, but “not really worth a second trip.”

“What we’re seeing is developers are taking advantage of the fact that the big stuff and the scrubby stuff have been averaged together,” Badgley said.

There is one scrubby little orange kitten who is arguably the luckiest creature on Earth.

Why has so much attention been given to this tiny, miserable village and its scrubby little patch of land?

I pulled up and glanced about, but the clumps of scrubby timber were just plentiful enough to cut off a clear view of the flat.

The popping of dry, scrubby timber warned us that our position would soon be untenable.

Kangaroos and other animals were seldom or never found there: they abounded usually in the more scrubby country.

A scrubby looking white mare who was being shod turned her head and stared at Ebenezer and his small companion.

Just here the road crossed a ravine full of boulders and rough scrubby growth, whereas beyond it was bare and open.

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