scruffy

adjective
\ 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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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 This time, however, he was photographed in a fish and chips shop in North London, surrounded by a few rogue chickens and a scruffy pack of dogs. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Hung Out With Lambs and Piglets in New Gucci Campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 My husband is sick of seeing the scruffy look, as well. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Is a 3-day beard a deal breaker — or just scruffy enough?," 2 July 2018 Both victims described him as a white man with brown hair and scruffy facial hair. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Sketches released of fake cop suspects, but is it the same man?," 14 Mar. 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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scruffle

scruffman

scruffy

scrum

scrum half

scrummager

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scruffy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scruffy

informal : not neat, clean, or orderly

scruffy

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

Kids Definition of scruffy

: dirty or shabby in appearance

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