shaggy

adjective shag·gy \ ˈsha-gē \

Definition of shaggy

shaggier; shaggiest
1 a :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
2 a :unkempt
b :confused or unclear in conception or thinking
  • shaggy ideas
  • a shaggy argument

shaggily

play \ˈsha-gə-lē\ adverb

shagginess

play \ˈsha-gē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shaggy in a Sentence

  1. a big, shaggy dog kept trying to lick my face

  2. a shaggy carpet that was a relic of the 1970s

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First Known Use of shaggy

1581


SHAGGY Defined for English Language Learners

shaggy

adjective

Definition of shaggy for English Language Learners

  • : long and tangled

  • : covered with hair or fur that is long and tangled


SHAGGY Defined for Kids

shaggy

adjective shag·gy \ ˈsha-gē \

Definition of shaggy for Students

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


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