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
Recent Examples on the Web Apatow’s films, The King of Staten Island is a similarly long and shaggy work that mixes goofy hangout scenes, wrenching family drama, and even some tense action sequences. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King of Staten Island," 13 June 2020 Andy Park, Marvel Studios director of visual development, showed a trove of previously unseen concept art on Instagram this week, including a very shaggy Thor. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Quarantined Thor? Extreme 'Ragnarok' concept art reveals shaggiest Chris Hemsworth hero," 1 June 2020 The German Spy Museum in Berlin opened its doors for the first time in weeks, bars in central Rome began offering takeaway services, and shaggy-haired Austrians flocked to barbers’ shops in Vienna. Flavia Rotondi, Fortune, "Europe’s reopening road map: How 11 countries are beginning to lift lockdowns," 5 May 2020 Last weekend’s protests against states’ travel and stay-at-home restrictions — which have succeeded in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases — featured a number of shaggy men and women demanding access to barbers and hairstylists. Greg Jefferson,, "Return to ‘normal’ will be choppy, jittery, uneven," 24 Apr. 2020 That shot of Fonda -- with shaggy bangs and dark hair, her clenched fist raised in power -- became iconic. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "‘Hanoi Jane’ Fonda got arrested in Cleveland in 1970, and the mug shot is iconic," 11 Feb. 2020 The red spruce picnic table was set for an Anthropolgie catalogue shoot — or a troll’s wedding to a fairy — with wildflowers in glass vases, tree trunk place mats, a canopy to catch raindrops and shaggy blue rugs to warm bottoms on benches. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "In Sweden, a DIY dining adventure," 26 July 2019 Add water and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "4 ingredient bread recipe is easy and there is no need to knead," 19 Apr. 2020 That was the day that me, my husband, our two daughters, our shaggy mutt and a million Ikea bags stuffed with rations decamped from Queens to my parents' home in New Jersey. S. Mitra Kalita, CNN, "I'm the quarantine buffer among three generations of my family. All in one house," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shaggy

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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16 Jun 2020

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“Shaggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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