mangier; mangiest
1
: affected with or resulting from mange
2
a
: having many worn or bare spots
a mangy rug
b
: seedy, shabby
a mangy office
manginess noun

Examples of mangy in a Sentence

a mangy old car that was covered in rust
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mangy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mangy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mangy. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

mangy

adjective
mangier; mangiest
1
: affected with or resulting from mange
2
: shabby sense 1, seedy
a mangy old rug
manginess
ˈmān-jē-nəs
noun

Medical Definition

mangy

adjective
man·​gy ˈmān-jē How to pronounce mangy (audio)
mangier; mangiest
1
: infected with mange
a mangy dog
2
: relating to, characteristic of, or resulting from mange
a mangy appearance
a mangy itch

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