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 shaggily (audio) \ adverb
shagginess \ ˈsha-​gē-​nəs How to pronounce shagginess (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

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The orchestra’s phrasing in the whisper-quiet introduction was a bit shaggy, but the sections pulled together soon enough. Zoë Madonna,, "Boston Symphony Orchestra begins Tanglewood season in style," 7 July 2019 Whatever side of the border these clubs are on, most of them affect a shaggy, woodsy aesthetic, a little plaid here, some taxidermied animal there. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 8 June 2019 Alan Titus, a Bureau of Land Management paleontologist here for nearly 20 years, is behind the wheel, his shaggy hair flapping in the July wind as Led Zeppelin blasts from the speakers. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019 Gainsbourg wore simple faded skinny blue jeans and black snakeskin shoes, topping it all off with classic aviator shades and, of course, her signature shaggy haircut. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Naturally, Charlotte Gainsbourg Has Perfected Parisian Airport Style," 14 May 2019 During bitter winters, shepherds in Turkmenistan turned to shaggy telpek hats to stay warm. Luke Sharrett, National Geographic, "Why the Kentucky Derby is a 145-year-old celebration of hats," 2 May 2019 This time, the singer chopped off a few more inches and is wearing a shaggy blonde lob with baby bangs. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Cut Her Hair in Preparation for the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 The new look is equal parts sleek and shaggy and falls just below her chin in an ultra-flattering, face-framing way. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Brie Larson Just Debuted a Sleek Bob Haircut Ahead of Summer," 2 May 2019 Gurvin shaves off the top of the still-warm batch, exposing an airy stack of shaggy halvah tiles. Amelia Saltsman,, "The addictive joy of the sesame confection halvah, made in Los Angeles," 16 Mar. 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 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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