be·​drag·​gled bi-ˈdra-gəld How to pronounce bedraggled (audio)
: soiled and stained by or as if by trailing in mud
: left wet and limp by or as if by rain
: dilapidated
bedraggled buildings

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
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Word History


from past participle of bedraggle

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedraggled was circa 1775

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“Bedraggled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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be·​drag·​gled bi-ˈdrag-əld How to pronounce bedraggled (audio)
: limp, soggy, or dirty from or as if from rain or mud

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