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shaggy

[shag-ee]
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adjective, shag·gi·er, shag·gi·est.
  1. covered with or having long, rough hair.
  2. untidy; unkempt: a shaggy person.
  3. rough and matted; forming a bushy mass, as the hair or mane.
  4. having a rough nap, as cloth.
  5. characterized by sloppy planning or execution: a shaggy production of Macbeth.
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Origin of shaggy

First recorded in 1580–90; shag1 + -y1
Related formsshag·gi·ly, adverbshag·gi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for shaggy

Historical Examples

  • Shaggy of beard, wrinkled and bent he seemed already an old man.

    A Daughter of the Middle Border

    Hamlin Garland

  • Come on, Shaggy Man, if you want me to show you the road to Butterfield.

    The Road to Oz

    L. Frank Baum

  • "'Course not, Shaggy Man," replied Dorothy, giving him a severe look.

    The Road to Oz

    L. Frank Baum

  • 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

shaggy

adjective -gier or -giest
  1. having or covered with rough unkempt fur, hair, wool, etca shaggy dog
  2. rough or unkempt
  3. (in textiles) having a nap of long rough strands
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Derived Formsshaggily, adverbshagginess, 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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