scrappiness

noun

scrap·​pi·​ness ˈskra-pē-nəs How to pronounce scrappiness (audio)
: the quality or state of being scrappy

Examples of scrappiness in a Sentence

his natural scrappiness serves him well as an aggressive defense attorney
Recent Examples on the Web This scrappiness paid off when delivery became a table stakes channel in the past year. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 5 May 2021 The unselfishness and scrappiness of the Golden Eagles is reminiscent of those teams coached by Al McGuire in halcyon days. Ben Steele, Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2023 Darrah’s production is a mixture of scrappiness and chic, and emphasizes the otherworldliness of Soper’s conception. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2023 Craig brings strength, and athleticism to slash through the middle get dunks in transition and half-court sets, hit shots from midrange and occasionally deep (45.6% and 33%, respectively), and blue-collar scrappiness and strength to grab rebounds and finish putbacks in traffic. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2022 And even then, the chaos and scrappiness of it came through. Carl Kelsch, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Feb. 2023 Tara said the governor-elect’s approach to campaigning reflects the scrappiness of their upbringing. Samantha J. Gross, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2022 The production had a scrappiness that matched its message: Don’t let the obstacles stop you from following your dream and being true to yourself. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Dec. 2022 Surprisingly, the movie stays true to the scrappiness of the series despite the technological advancements that happened throughout the '90s. Keith Langston, EW.com, 8 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrappiness was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Scrappiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrappiness. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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