scruffy

adjective \ ˈskrə-fē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of scruffy

scruffier; scruffiest
: unkempt, slovenly, shaggy
  • a scruffy neighborhood
  • a scruffy beard

scruffily

play \ˈskrə-fə-lē\ adverb

scruffiness

play \ˈskrə-fē-nəs\ noun

Examples of scruffy in a Sentence

  1. The neighborhood is full of dilapidated houses with scruffy backyards.

  2. dressed in scruffy old clothes to clean out the garage

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Origin and Etymology of scruffy

English dialect scruff something worthless


SCRUFFY Defined for English Language Learners

scruffy

adjective

Definition of scruffy for English Language Learners

  • : not neat, clean, or orderly


SCRUFFY Defined for Kids

scruffy

adjective \ ˈskrə-fē \

Definition of scruffy for Students

scruffier; scruffiest
: dirty or shabby in appearance


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