Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for shaggy on Thesaurus.com adjective, shag·gi·er, shag·gi·est. covered with or having long, rough hair. untidy; unkempt: a shaggy person. rough and matted; forming a bushy mass, as the hair or mane. having a rough nap, as cloth. characterized by sloppy planning or execution: a shaggy production of Macbeth. Origin of shaggy
First recorded in
1580–90; shag 1
-y 1 Related forms shag·gi·ly, adverb shag·gi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for shaggy Historical Examples of shaggy Shaggy of beard, wrinkled and bent he seemed already an old man.
Shaggy Man, if you want me to show you the road to Butterfield.
Shaggy Man," replied Dorothy, giving him a severe look.
I was thinking, perhaps, a nice little Skye—like
Shaggy, but smaller.
You might have
Shaggy himself, if you like, while I am away.' British Dictionary definitions for shaggy adjective -gier or -giest having or covered with rough unkempt fur, hair, wool, etc a shaggy dog rough or unkempt (in textiles) having a nap of long rough strands Derived Forms shaggily, adverb shagginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for shaggy adj.
"rough, coarse, unkempt," 1590s, from
shag (n.) + -y (2). Related: Shaggily; shagginess. Earlier was shagged, from Old English sceacgede "hairy;" cf. Old Norse skeggjaðr, Danish skægget "bearded." The shaggy-dog story as a type of joke is attested from 1944, perhaps from vaudeville.
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