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 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, "As winter sets in, Afghans feel the chill of endless peace talk and political paralysis," 27 Dec. 2019 Back in Houston, the bedraggled flight controllers skipped their customary splashdown party, a bacchanal to blow off steam and celebrate the accomplishment of daring things. Eric Berger & Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 5: Saving the crew of Apollo 13," 11 Apr. 2020 Over the years, Elmhurst residents have learned to mostly ignore the bedraggled and destitute residents who quarrel over cigarettes and beg for change outside the Queens Adult Care Center. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Now That Coronavirus Is Inside This Adult Home for the Elderly or Mentally Ill, It May Be Impossible to Stop," 2 Apr. 2020 In the opening seconds, the camera pans in slowly on the darkened features of Forest (played by Nick Offerman), a tech-company CEO with a bedraggled beard and a frozen expression, like a GEICO caveman who’s seen some stuff. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Why TV Is So Worried About Free Will," 11 Mar. 2020 Six days after Lenahan’s disappearance, workers at the Multnomah County Poor Farm, now McMenamins Edgefield, spotted a bedraggled man wandering across a field. oregonlive, "Portland jailbreak 60 years ago led to riot, accusation that guards sought revenge by beating inmates," 24 Feb. 2020 There are sweatshirt-wearing college students, cantankerous geriatrics, bedraggled parents of toddlers, hipsters with multiple facial piercings and purple-haired 20-somethings of indeterminate gender. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "The Bernie Sanders Experience," 7 Feb. 2020 The interior was empty save a few fixtures and a bedraggled Christmas tree. Los Angeles Times, "Changing L.A. retail scene: Active Ride Shop up for auction, Opening Ceremony to close stores," 15 Jan. 2020 Hallberg thinks Sanders pulls off the bedraggled shtick authentically but wouldn’t coach clients to use his hand gestures or posture. Menachem Wecker, Washington Post, "How politicians get camera-ready: Stylists and media training," 30 Sep. 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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24 May 2020

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“Bedraggled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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