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

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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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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“Bedraggled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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