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 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 Two little girls, one in a bedraggled party dress, followed us, whispering. Michelle Green, New York Times, "A Nile Journey Guided by 19th-Century Women," 11 Nov. 2019 The Bruins landed only four more shots the rest of the night, the bedraggled Wings (now 5-12-1) mustering a stout third-period defensive game., "A few thoughts, a few shots, and a puck or two over the glass following the Bruins’ 4-2 loss Friday night in Detroit:," 10 Nov. 2019 Straight ahead lies the bedraggled body of Zidane, defiantly fighting on, but for how long?, "Sliding Doors: Predicting the Rest of the Season Under Mourinho & Allegri if Zidane Is Sacked," 23 Oct. 2019 Before the final game of the 1944 World Series, a veteran sportswriter looked at the two bedraggled teams gathered at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats Don’t Have a Frontrunner," 15 Oct. 2019 Ranging from an old pair of Air Jordans (in one size) to a bedraggled, undrivable Winnebago, the prizes offered more comic relief than legitimate motivation. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "We Lost the Dirtybird Campout Spelling Bee and Other Festival Field Activity Reports," 8 Oct. 2019 The scale and complexity mean that depicting it in visual terms is hard—as the bedraggled rubber squid and limp flora on show at Venice inadvertently attest. The Economist, "Climate change is a challenge for artists," 19 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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19 Jan 2020

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“Bedraggled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 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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