scrag·gly | \ ˈskra-g(ə-)lē \

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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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 Empire’s owner, a tall, skinny guy with a scraggly beard named Jim, told us about a cool, fairly new band. Paul Daugherty,, "TML: Summer of 1970 - Wedgies, wiffle ball and no reason to stay inside," 21 June 2018 Back in the ‘90s rom-com boom, two scraggly assistants who sometimes look vaguely under-showered wouldn’t be passable heroes., "Set It Up Is Not Only The Rom-Com Millennials Want, It’s The One They Need," 20 June 2018 Since the 2017 release of her debut album Infinite Worlds, a poetic half-hour musing on home and heartbreak that was recorded in friends’ scraggly New York City apartments, Tamko has risen steadily up the ranks of DIY rock. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "This Cameroon-born Musician Is Changing the Face of Rock—One Bold Lip Color at a Time," 8 June 2018 If the front of the courthouse has scraggly landscape, just fire the company and try again. Lauren Ritchie,, "Carlton Palms closing was an inevitable, tricky two-step," 17 May 2018 The building sits in an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood, surrounded by a small scraggly field, homes, and the Diplomat Hotel, long ago converted to an elderly care home for Russian immigrants. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "The unassuming building that exposes bitter Middle East divide," 13 May 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

: growing in a way that is not neat and even : having a ragged appearance


scrag·gly | \ ˈskrag-lē , ˈskra-gə- \
scragglier; scraggliest

Kids Definition of scraggly

: of rough or uneven outline : unkempt a scraggly beard

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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