scrap·​pi·​ly | \ ˈskra-pə-lē How to pronounce scrappily (audio) \

Definition of scrappily

: in a scrappy manner

Examples of scrappily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Credit Michigan for scrappily hanging tough with Penn State, but the goal was not scrappy, hanging-tough losses. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Football Four: Will Tua Tagovailoa injury impact College Football Playoff race?," 20 Oct. 2019 When the sides came back out, torrential rain had greeted Wembley, and the second half started scrappily., "World Cup Countdown - 13 Weeks to Go: Football's Coming Home, the Story of the 1966 Final," 21 Mar. 2018 Businesses with power and employees able to return to work have been scrappily keeping the doors open. Chiara Sottile, NBC News, "Wine Country Business Owners Worry Wildfires Will Keep Tourists Away," 18 Oct. 2017 And these spaces, scrappy and scrappily documented, are the most interesting of all. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "When Artists Ran the Show: ‘Inventing Downtown,’ at N.Y.U.," 12 Jan. 2017 Yet what hoists this bloody battiness above much of the scrappily low-budget horror pack is the smartness of its execution and the strength of the movie’s central performance. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: ‘Prevenge,’ Orchestrated by a Fiendish Fetus," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of scrappily

1886, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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“Scrappily.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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