shag·​gy | \ ˈsha-gē How to pronounce shaggy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce shaggy (audio) \ adverb
shagginess \ ˈsha-​gē-​nəs How to pronounce shaggy (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Rhys received a Golden Globe nomination for his work as Mason, who in Season 1 moves from shaggy P.I. to ad-hoc law student to fledgling attorney. Carla Meyer, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 Then another wave of dogs appears, and another, until the track undulates with red, brown, black, spotted, short-haired and shaggy dogs, their tails flapping like cheerful flags, their tongues lolling. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2020 Their trek turns into a shaggy-dog catalog of misadventures, bad judgment and bickering. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 28 May 2021 Otherwise, the sole human Anna sees with any regularity is her downstairs tenant (Wyatt Russell), a shaggy singer-songwriter who comes and goes and has little time for her neuroses. Leah Greenblatt,, 14 May 2021 If the Automower is set up correctly, your yard will never look shaggy. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 Adorning the cartoonishly shaggy frosting was a pair of fondant googly eyes, with cashews for eyebrows. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2021 Trees and some flowers are already in bloom, our lawns are beginning to look a little shaggy waiting for their first haircut and, yes, the temperatures are edging up toward balmy. Ann Norman, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 For example, lay down a shaggy area rug in front of a sleek mid-century sofa, or toss in a few throw pillows with fringe accents. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of shaggy

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Jun 2021

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“Shaggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce shaggy (audio) \
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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