be·​drag·​gle bi-ˈdra-gəl How to pronounce bedraggle (audio)
bedraggled; bedraggling; bedraggles

transitive verb

: to wet thoroughly

Examples of bedraggle in a Sentence

I was so bedraggled by the relentless rain that I couldn't wait to get into some dry clothes.
Recent Examples on the Web The glam, somewhat bedraggled Batman to Adan’s Bruce Wayne made his first appearance in 2006. Richard Villegas, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2023 The weary and bedraggled men reached the confluence of these two majestic rivers on Sunday, April 26. Larry Rohter, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2023 On a dark and stormy day in Cape Town in 2013, four bedraggled little kittens arrived at the entrance of The Café Grill Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Sandra MacGregor, Forbes, 2 Apr. 2023 The doll, covered in fluffy swan skin, suffered an ignominious end, beheaded and bedraggled in a courtyard the morning after Kokoschka threw a raucous farewell party for it. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, 7 Jan. 2020 Chandler, be-suited and bedraggled, whose work in computer-something-or-other summons the amorphous anxieties of the coming digital age. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2019

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Word History


be- + draggle

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedraggle was in 1727

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“Bedraggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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