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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Examples of scrappiness in a Sentence

his natural scrappiness serves him well as an aggressive defense attorney

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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 But that scrappiness has been their defining trait. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "2018 NCAA tournament: Breaking down the March Madness field of 68," 11 Mar. 2018 The lacy delicacy of his incised lines is all the more poignant for the in-the-street scrappiness of the detritus in which it is embedded. David Pagel,, "'Mark Bradford: New Works' at Hauser & Wirth," 24 Mar. 2018 This team very much took on the personality of its coach, an understated scrappiness that often shined brightest in those moments on the floor when things got a bit dire. Bill Landis,, "Keita Bates-Diop's NBA decision hangs over an interesting Ohio State basketball offseason," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of scrappiness

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrappiness was in 1867

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