\ ˈskrə-fē How to pronounce scruffy (audio) \
scruffier; scruffiest

Definition of scruffy

: unkempt, slovenly, shaggy a scruffy neighborhood a scruffy beard

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Other Words from scruffy

scruffily \ ˈskrə-​fə-​lē How to pronounce scruffily (audio) \ adverb
scruffiness \ ˈskrə-​fē-​nəs How to pronounce scruffiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of scruffy in a Sentence

The neighborhood is full of dilapidated houses with scruffy backyards. dressed in scruffy old clothes to clean out the garage

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As of March 16, Benji, the scruffy box-office sensation of the 1970s and ’80s, is back and Netflix has got him. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "A (Shaggy) Star Is Reborn: Netflix Brings Us a New ‘Benji’," 9 Mar. 2018 And now, Brooklyn Beckham is taking the scruffy sneaker to even scruffier heights. Vogue, "Brooklyn Beckham Shows Why a Beat-Up Sneaker Is Best," 16 May 2019 In fact, Harry's older brother and second in line to the British throne, Prince William, experimented with a scruffy look of his own in 2008. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Grew Out a Beard in 2008 and These Throwback Pictures Documented It," 16 Dec. 2018 That's great news for anyone who is dying to get a peek at a land destined to become overrun by scruffy nerf herders. Megan Friedman And Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Disney Just Released New Details for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Both Disney World and Disneyland," 8 Mar. 2019 Like many of these men, Efron chose to keep his scruffy beard in his natural brown shade, creating a high-contrast look. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Zac Efron Is the Latest Hollywood Man to Go Platinum," 27 Jan. 2019 Now the Grinch, green and scruffy, lives with his dog Max in an isolated home carved into the side of a snowy cliff high above Whoville, a town that really loves Christmas. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch in the new movie. It’s pretty fun!," 9 Nov. 2018 Like Harry's beard has, Will's scruffy look prompted comparisons to photos of Prince Charles' beard from 1976: When Will shaved his head in early 2018, many royal fans took to Twitter to urge him to grow the beard back. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Grew Out a Beard in 2008 and These Throwback Pictures Documented It," 16 Dec. 2018 If the plants start to look scruffy, shear off the top one-third of leafy growth and spent flower stems to rejuvenate. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of scruffy

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scruffy

English dialect scruff something worthless

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English Language Learners Definition of scruffy

informal : not neat, clean, or orderly


\ ˈskrə-fē How to pronounce scruffy (audio) \
scruffier; scruffiest

Kids Definition of scruffy

: dirty or shabby in appearance

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