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adjective (1)

scrap·​py ˈskra-pē How to pronounce scrappy (audio)
scrappier; scrappiest
: consisting of scraps
scrappy meals


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adjective (2)

scrappier; scrappiest
: having an aggressive and determined spirit : feisty

Examples of scrappy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Small-scale producers, on the other hand, must get scrappy. Ashley Stimpson, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 Chiefs win the Super Bowl Doha Madani The Chiefs are back-to-back Super Bowl champions after a rough start in the first half and a scrappy comeback in the second. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 Baylor’s scrappy play and rebounding ability stood out most to USC guard McKenzie Forbes when asked Friday about her impressions of the Bears. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 While this oddball epic about a rag-tag group of pre-teens came out almost 20 years after The Goonies (1985), the films share similar, scrappy vibes — tall tales of old-school style adventure, shot in a naturalistic style that lets the kids' personalities shine. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 28 Mar. 2024 At a time when Hollywood and scrappy filmmakers alike are stressing over how to get butts into seats, Cheslik and Tews are counting on a live make-believe beaver fight — a marketing gimmick dressed like a vaudeville act — to sell their movie. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 The scrappier corners of the avant-garde are no longer off limits to the mainstream press. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The small plane hovers low above the scrappy forest canopy, with rivers below colored a murky yellow due to mining waste. Ana Ionova, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2024 Much like in Arthur the King, which delves into the deep bond between pro adventure racer Michael Light (Mark Wahlberg) and a scrappy street dog (played by Ukai, an Australian shepherd-Border collie-Bouvier mix), Liu and Chopa's journey back home wasn't easy. Melody Chiu, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Adjective (1)

scrap entry 1

Adjective (2)

scrap entry 3

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1837, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrappy was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Scrappy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


scrappier; scrappiest
: having an aggressive and determined spirit
scrappiness noun
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