scruffy

[ skruhf-ee ]
/ ˈskrʌf i /

adjective, scruff·i·er, scruff·i·est.

untidy; shabby.

Nearby words

  1. scrubdown,
  2. scrubland,
  3. scrubs,
  4. scrubwoman,
  5. scruff,
  6. scrum,
  7. scrum half,
  8. scrummage,
  9. scrummie,
  10. scrummy

Origin of scruffy

First recorded in 1650–60; scruff2 + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for scruffy

scruffy

/ (ˈskrʌfɪ) /

adjective scruffier or scruffiest

unkempt or shabby
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Word Origin and History for scruffy

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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