\ ˈmān-jē How to pronounce mangy (audio) \
mangier; mangiest

Definition of mangy

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

Other Words from mangy

manginess \ ˈmān-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce mangy (audio) \ noun

Examples of mangy in a Sentence

a mangy old car that was covered in rust
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First Known Use of mangy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ ˈmān-jē How to pronounce mangy (audio) \
mangier; mangiest

Kids Definition of mangy

1 : affected with mange a mangy dog
2 : shabby sense 1, seedy a mangy old rug


man·​gy | \ ˈmān-jē How to pronounce mangy (audio) \
mangier; mangiest

Medical Definition of mangy

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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