scruffy

[skruhf-ee]
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Origin of scruffy

First recorded in 1650–60; scruff2 + -y1
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scruffy

adjective scruffier or scruffiest
  1. unkempt or shabby
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Word Origin and History for scruffy
adj.

1650s, "covered with scurf," from scruff "dandruff, scurf" (late Old English variant of scurf) + -y (2). Generalized sense of "rough and dirty" is from 1871. Related: Scruffily; scruffiness.

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