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

Definition of scrappiness

: 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 Compliance automation company Vanta hit a $1.6 billion valuation thanks to the scrappiness of 35-year-old founder Christina Cacioppo, who cut costs at every turn with moves like serving employees Costco coffee in the office. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 11 June 2022 The scene seemed to speak to the charming improbability and scrappiness of the whole endeavor — and, perhaps, to the challenges faced by theaters in 2022. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 While much has been made of Ukrainians' scrappiness and agility to respond to this invasion, Polyakov and Western officials conceded that Russia's overall military power and access to weapons, aircraft and equipment exceeds Ukraine's. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 4 Mar. 2022 The road to movie stardom wasn’t easy, but talent (sustained by scrappiness) won out. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 That sense of scrappiness has been a running thread throughout your career. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 13 Dec. 2021 There’s an inborn scrappiness to Beard, the 48-year old Texas basketball coach, and Ramey, the 22-year-old Texas guard. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Clark’s scrappiness is reminiscent of the players Cronin stockpiled his Cincinnati teams with and intends to sprinkle onto the Bruins’ roster. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 That's the sort of scrappiness that creates a great employee experience by inspiring others — and allowing innovation to flourish. Kevin Collins, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scrappiness

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Scrappiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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