scrap·​pi·​ness | \ ˈskra-pē-nəs How to pronounce scrappiness (audio) \

Definition of scrappiness

: the quality or state of being scrappy

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his natural scrappiness serves him well as an aggressive defense attorney
Recent Examples on the Web Bedroom pop, a classifier often affixed to the work of young female upstarts, features a lo-fi scrappiness, suggesting origins outside professional recording studios. New York Times, "Film: Tender Mercies in LaBeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’," 1 Nov. 2019 But, as the movement became more established, its pioneer scrappiness began showing signs of strain. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "The Radical Transformations of a Battered Women’s Shelter," 13 Aug. 2019 Several players cited Saban’s scrappiness when making the case for his mythical inclusion on the roster. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Could a young Nick Saban play for Alabama in 2019? Players, coaches have opinions," 6 Aug. 2019 Her scrappiness helped her make a huge difference for us in the transition game, winning the ball and getting it back down to the offensive end. Brent Kennedy,, "Hensh takes own path to Howard County girls lacrosse Player of Year honors," 10 June 2019 The brand has won over consumers and critics for its vehicles’ safety, reliability and scrappiness. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 Photo: Tony Luong for The Wall Street Journal Mr. Daly often hires from outside the banking industry, valuing scrappiness over pedigree. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Meet the CEO of ‘America’s Most Exciting Bank’—at Least as He’s Branded It," 13 July 2018 But the scrappiness of the BBMAs, at least in Clarkson's hands, has a comfy appeal. Rebecca Farley,, "The 2018 BBMAs Didn't Know What To Do. So, They Did Everything.," 21 May 2018 Orlando beat in-state rival Miami on the road Monday night with an effort that defined scrappiness, hanging on for a 111-109 victory. George Diaz,, "Magic hustle back after blowing lead to beat Heat in Miami," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of scrappiness

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Scrappiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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