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

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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 The land appeared scrubby and wild, but there were houses nearby. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "To save a nearly extinct bird, Colombians are rethinking one of their biggest economic engines," 13 June 2020 After failing to find gold in the Yukon, in January 1920 a 38-year-old developer named Joseph Young came to a scrubby patch of land north of Miami to find yet another fortune. 1843, "Confederacy in the ’hood," 2 Apr. 2020 This is my favorite place to look: A scrubby, overgrown field with some browse, berries, locust trees (deer love the pods), and the like. Mike Hanback, Outdoor Life, "18 Best Tips For Finding Your First Shed Antler," 24 Mar. 2020 In its place, a scrubby forest of short oaks and white pines has come up. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "How Europe Turned Into a Perfect Landscape for Wildfires," 5 Feb. 2020 The birds most frequently can be seen in low-growing oak scrub habitats, as well as scrubby flatwoods and other open areas. National Geographic, "Florida scrub jay," 3 Mar. 2020 Using the non-scrubby side, rub into the leather to remove the dirt and then wipe any excess cleaner off using a clean cloth. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "How to Treat Your Dirty, Stained, or Faded Furniture," 22 Nov. 2019 From this scrubby hilltop town in Italy’s deep south, a 61-year-old prosecutor is taking on one of the world’s most powerful criminal organizations. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Italian Prosecutor Fights the Mafia—and Fears for His Life," 25 Jan. 2020 It’s hard to explain to citizens of more populous countries how vast and empty and inhospitable is the bush, as Australians universally refer to the national parks and scrubby wilderness that make up most of their country. Time, "Most Australians Don't Spend a Lot of Time Thinking About the Bush. The Wildfires Remind Us What We Could Lose," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of scrubby was in 1591

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27 Jun 2020

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“Scrubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrubby

: covered with small bushes and trees
: small and not growing well


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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