scrap·​pi·​ly ˈskra-pə-lē How to pronounce scrappily (audio)
: in a scrappy manner

Examples of scrappily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One current trend that is represented, albeit scrappily, is neo-Surrealism: the wild subjectivity of artists turning from outer worlds to inner. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 The two-time entrepreneur and skin-care fanatic spills his secrets to starting scrappily, building slowly, and expanding across global borders. Jessica Chia, Allure, 12 May 2021 The event was a scrappily joyous affair, showing that the classics can make an impact outside formal settings. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2020 To stay afloat, and distract from gloom, operators have gotten scrappily creative. New York Times, 13 May 2020 Credit Michigan for scrappily hanging tough with Penn State, but the goal was not scrappy, hanging-tough losses. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2019 When the sides came back out, torrential rain had greeted Wembley, and the second half started scrappily., 21 Mar. 2018 Businesses with power and employees able to return to work have been scrappily keeping the doors open. Chiara Sottile, NBC News, 18 Oct. 2017 And these spaces, scrappy and scrappily documented, are the most interesting of all. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrappily was in 1886

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“Scrappily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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