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

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Suddenly my fashion shoots smelled of Phytoplage rather than Elnett and the girls looked bedraggled rather that jhoozed. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018 Two state troopers were handcuffing two lanky, bedraggled guys and had them leaning over the side of their rusted out Dodge Aspen, while two German shepherds sniffed the vehicle. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 Open since 2005, when the neighborhood was still bedraggled and dangerous, the hotel is considered the pioneer of Condesa cool. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Mexico City," 18 Oct. 2016 Continued money and health issues propel a downward spiral for the increasingly bedraggled Gauguin that eventually send him back to Paris, though not forever. Gary Goldstein,, "Review: Vincent Cassel's soulful portrayal propels vivid 'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti'," 10 July 2018 No bedraggled flannel looks pulled together sloppily so as not to overshadow one’s act for Pete. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Pete Davidson and the Rise of the Scumbro," 29 June 2018 The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught before dawn atop the UBS Plaza. Washington Post, "Idaho boy recovering from bubonic plague; state’s first case in more than 40 years," 14 June 2018 The story begins four million years ago in Africa, where a bunch of bedraggled primates are losing the battle of the survival of the fittest until a strange black monolith appears. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’," 10 May 2018 Pitt plays a mercenary named Vanisher who enlists in Deadpool's bedraggled team called X Force (like X-Men, but gender-nonspecific). Rebecca Farley,, "Which Ocean's 11 Star Had The Better Superhero Movie Cameo?," 18 May 2018

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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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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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