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 Another sure way to make your garden beds look less bedraggled is to edge them, Stanchfield said., "‘Learn how to garden with nature, and not fight it all the time’," 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, "Column: Chargers reaped apparent bonanza from Philip Rivers’ final rough ride," 26 Oct. 2020 NOw is a great time to clean up the old leaves that may be a bit bedraggled. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "The rain helped our gardens.," 11 Oct. 2020 His bedraggled appearance, unshaven in a blue prison jacket, elicited little sympathy. The Economist, "Laughing all the way to jail An aide to Congo’s president gets 20 years for graft," 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, "Things get hairy The global grooming industry gets cut down to size," 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, "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

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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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23 Apr 2021

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“Bedraggled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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