be·​drag·​gled | \ bi-ˈdra-gəld How to pronounce bedraggled (audio) , bē- \

Definition of bedraggled

1 : soiled and stained by or as if by trailing in mud
2 : left wet and limp by or as if by rain
3 : dilapidated bedraggled buildings

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Examples of bedraggled in a Sentence

She was bedraggled and exhausted. the cat looked rather funny, all bedraggled and fit to be tied after her bath
Recent Examples on the Web For a bedraggled parent short on time and energy, these services can seem like a Fairy Toymother. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, 2 July 2021 In one apartment, an alarm-clock radio rouses a bedraggled man who looks the way bad breath smells. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Another sure way to make your garden beds look less bedraggled is to edge them, Stanchfield said., 9 Apr. 2021 His four-touchdown performance Sunday, even if against a bedraggled Jaguars defense, inspired a demanding critic to go public with praise for the 22-year-old rookie. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2020 NOw is a great time to clean up the old leaves that may be a bit bedraggled. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 11 Oct. 2020 His bedraggled appearance, unshaven in a blue prison jacket, elicited little sympathy. The Economist, 27 June 2020 Now, as hair salons reopen the world over after a covid-19 hiatus, the bearded and bedraggled are flocking back to the pros. The Economist, 28 May 2020 As another harsh winter approaches, worry is sharpening the seasonal chill in this bustling but bedraggled city of 4 million surrounded by white-capped mountains. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bedraggled

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bedraggled

from past participle of bedraggle

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The first known use of bedraggled was circa 1775

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16 Jul 2021

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“Bedraggled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedraggled

: wet or dirty from being in rain or mud


be·​drag·​gled | \ bi-ˈdra-gəld How to pronounce bedraggled (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedraggled

: limp, wet, or dirty from or as if from rain or mud Sitting on Omri's palm, filthy and bedraggled but triumphant, was Little Bear …— Lynne Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard

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