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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Synonyms & Antonyms for scraggly


broken, craggy, jagged, ragged, scraggy


clean, even, smooth, soft, unbroken

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An elfin-looking man with a scraggly beard and a penchant for robes, Schacknow declared himself an oracle of God, sent to save mankind by eradicating all evil from the Earth. Chris Harris,, "Inside a Connecticut Sex Cult Overseen By a Man Who Claimed to Be Jesus," 24 June 2019 There are red and yellow leaves on scraggly trees and a hazy fog hanging in the air above the mountains. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 1: welcome to the wasteland," 14 Nov. 2018 During a previous court appearance, on October 19, Kinsman had a scraggly beard, long hair, and wore a T-shirt and overalls. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How looks can influence courtroom bias," 31 Oct. 2018 Thanks to the region’s extremely harsh weather conditions, the goats develop fleece in two layers: a coarse, scraggly exterior and a downy dense under-fleece. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "How Loro Piana Works With Mongolian Goat Herds to Gather the World's Softest Cashmere," 25 Oct. 2018 But this impoverishment is countered by the area’s bucolic beauty, with sheep grazing among scraggly almond and pear trees and lush citrus groves lining the riverbanks. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Still in his early 40s, Gauguin, with a scraggly beard and rheumy eyes, is already hobbled and ailing, so much so that a sympathetic local doctor (Malik Zidi) urges him to return to France. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti' chronicles Gauguin’s desire to see a new way," 13 July 2018 To one side of the building, a scraggly volleyball net was strung up. New York Times, "Never Solved, a College Dorm Fire Has Become One Man’s Obsession," 13 Apr. 2018 Amid shimmering waterfalls, pockmarked rocks and scraggly pines, tiny pilgrims make their way along narrow paths toward picturesque huts and famous sites. Lori Waxman,, "Xu Longsen's artistic reminder of the vastness of nature," 14 June 2018

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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