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

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 Now that young politician, a 36-year-old shaggy-haired former student activist named Gabriel Boric, is Chile’s president. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 Joe Keery, better known as shaggy-haired monster hunter Steve Harrington, will drop his second solo album, DECIDE, on Sept. 16. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 22 June 2022 That’s why Sam Bankman-Fried, the shaggy-haired founder of crypto trading platform FTX, is still worth $21 billion, down only $3 billion since March. John Hyatt, Forbes, 14 May 2022 With virtually all of the vote counted, the millennial progressive who burst into prominence a decade ago as a shaggy-haired student protest leader had garnered almost 56% of the ballots. Jorge Poblete, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2021 The 818 Tequila founder wore a shaggy brown coat with light brown faux-fur trim. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 May 2022 Why leave all the fun to the digital universe, when there is a real-life version of a shiny red mini-dress with exaggeratedly puffy sleeves, or a shaggy Yeti-style coat in bold stripes or checks? Colleen Barry, ajc, 26 Feb. 2022 Only Highland cattle need apply, because their long, shaggy coat protects the hide from nicks from fences, branches, etc. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 17 Feb. 2022 There were thigh-high leather gladiator boots under sheer floor-sweeping dresses that barely veiled the skin beneath or shaggy faux furs. New York Times, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shaggy

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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