shag·​gy | \ˈsha-gē \
shaggier; shaggiest

Definition of shaggy 

1a : covered with or consisting of long, coarse, or matted hair

b : covered with or consisting of thick, tangled, or unkempt vegetation

c : having a rough nap, texture, or surface

d : having hairlike processes

2a : unkempt

b : confused or unclear in conception or thinking shaggy ideas a shaggy argument

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Other Words from shaggy

shaggily \ ˈsha-​gə-​lē \ adverb
shagginess \ ˈsha-​gē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of shaggy in a Sentence

a big, shaggy dog kept trying to lick my face a shaggy carpet that was a relic of the 1970s

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Those who doted on the show's shaggy dog have no trouble remembering her even decades later. Meghan Markle, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's 'humble' pre-Hollywood beginnings revealed," 9 May 2018 In Prine’s world, even the shaggiest of loners and losers can be redeemed. Greg Kot,, "Greg Kot picks his top albums of 2018 ... so far," 6 July 2018 The Angel is traditionally an all-American Barbie, blonde and draped in flowing white robes, but under Marianne Elliott’s direction, the Angel — like the play itself — becomes shaggy and ragged and feral, so alive as to be frightening. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 His hair was flamboyantly shaggy, as if a clean swoop had hit a wind tunnel. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Charlie Puth Got Famous. Then He Got Good.," 16 May 2018 The streaming service has quietly become something of a powerhouse in the category, pulling off a surprise win at the Oscars for the fascinating if slightly shaggy doping documentary Icarus. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Make Netflix’s Cult Documentary Wild Wild Country Your Next Weekend Binge," 16 Mar. 2018 This story of a peppy troop of shoe-store employees in the Pacific Northwest is, in many ways, a classic shaggy dog story. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Tin Cat Shoes,’ a Commentary on the Silliness of the System," 22 May 2018 Half-blind, with a shaggy hair and beard, Asahara was the key figure in the stunningly random and lethal attack targeting Tokyo commuters. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 Work with your hands until a shaggy dough is formed. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of shaggy

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of shaggy

: long and tangled

: covered with hair or fur that is long and tangled


shag·​gy | \ˈsha-gē \
shaggier; shaggiest

Kids Definition of shaggy

: covered with or made up of a long and tangled growth (as of hair) The dog has a shaggy coat.

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