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adjective (1)

scrag·​gy ˈskra-gē How to pronounce scraggy (audio)
scraggier; scraggiest
: rough, jagged
also : scraggly


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adjective (2)

scraggier; scraggiest
: being lean and long : scrawny

Examples of scraggy in a Sentence

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A lot of the music that came out of the Lower East Side was very scraggy. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 20 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Adjective (1)

Middle English scraggi; akin to English dialect scrag tree stump, uneven ground, Middle English scrogge bush

Adjective (2)

scrag entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scraggy was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scraggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


scraggier; scraggiest
: rough entry 1 sense 3b, jagged
scraggy cliffs
: being lean and long : scrawny
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