scrub·​by | \ ˈskrə-bē How to pronounce scrubby (audio) \
scrubbier; scrubbiest

Definition of scrubby

1 : inferior in size or quality : stunted scrubby cattle
2 : covered with or consisting of scrub
3 : shabby, paltry

Examples of scrubby in a Sentence

changed into an old flannel shirt and a scrubby pair of jeans to clean out the garage
Recent Examples on the Web In 1997, when members of an armed militia surrounded his house in the scrubby mountains of West Texas, Joe Rowe felt an odd rush of relief. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2022 It’s a jarring sight for long-time residents of the Hill Country, a rural oasis of scrubby green hills, crystalline water, and bright white limestone west of Austin and San Antonio. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2022 Cape Cod separates Buzzards Bay from Vineyard Sound, and the last isle in the row is scrubby, windswept little Cuttyhunk, serviced by a ferry out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Will Grunewald, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 Many mothers would spend time reading, walking and writing letters, while kids had the run of the outside world, running along the wide sandy beaches, exploring the scrubby dunes and clamming at low tide. oregonlive, 20 Feb. 2022 This wreck of a matriarch, who manages their gray-stucco apartment complex with the scrubby plants on the outside, has been married and divorced five times. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 22 Jan. 2022 The vast backdrop, flattered by the blanched grandeur of DP Bakhodir Yuldashev’s incredible imagery, is the wilderness where scrubby steppes extend out from the foothills of arid mountains in rural Uzbekistan. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 17 Dec. 2021 And, every so often, a visitor comes across a street or an alleyway that dead-ends at a twenty-foot-high escarpment covered with scrubby grass. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 It’s a nervy, energetic wine with a subtly salty character that informs wild scrubby herbs and a passing hint of nori. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scrubby

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scrubby

scrub entry 1

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“Scrubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for scrubby


scrub·​by | \ ˈskrə-bē How to pronounce scrubby (audio) \
scrubbier; scrubbiest

Kids Definition of scrubby

: covered with a thick growth of small or stunted shrubs or trees scrubby land

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