scrag·​gly | \ ˈskra-g(ə-)lē How to pronounce scraggly (audio) \

Definition of scraggly

: irregular in form or growth scraggly hills a scraggly beard also : unkempt

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Recent Examples on the Web But this grouse buckled at my shot and kept climbing, over the scraggly cedars and through the wispy tops of the bare birches. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Treasures We’ve Lost (and Found) in the Wild," 18 May 2020 On an unseasonably warm November morning in 2016, Youngstown’s business and political leaders crowded onto a small, scraggly plot of land on the Ohio city’s long-suffering East Side. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can," 11 May 2020 Older men with kind expressions and scraggly professor hair. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Thanks for the memories, Cedar Point: Readers recall their favorite park moments," 3 May 2020 Anthony Davis had feet planted in a bucket of ice and a scraggly beard curling out from beneath his hoodie, making him look like a cross between a monk and a stork. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The Lakers, the Clippers and a Rare Fight for L.A. Basketball Primacy," 21 Feb. 2020 Perhaps in response the free surfer has turned ever more scraggly-haired, more rambling beatnik. Jamie Brisick, The New Yorker, "Surfing in the Age of the Omnipresent Camera," 26 Aug. 2019 Prodded by the tour guide, Marty McNamee, a third-generation miner with a scraggly beard and a light-up helmet, Hunter approached a rusted track mucker. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Samuel D. Hunter’s Own Private Idaho," 27 Nov. 2019 Remove scraggly grass, weeds, rocks, and sticks from the area. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Lay Sod," 21 June 2019 There were some scraggly bushes outside that his mom was always grumbling about pruning, a driveway leading past a fair-sized yard with bare patches where the dog did his thing. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "My Dad's Childhood Home Was Haunted, and He Was the Only One Who Knew," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of scraggly

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scraggly

alteration of scraggling, perhaps irregular from scraggy entry 2

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The first known use of scraggly was in 1849

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“Scraggly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scraggly

chiefly US, informal : growing in a way that is not neat and even : having a ragged appearance


scrag·​gly | \ ˈskrag-lē How to pronounce scraggly (audio) , ˈskra-gə- \
scragglier; scraggliest

Kids Definition of scraggly

: of rough or uneven outline : unkempt a scraggly beard

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