shaggy

adjective

shag·​gy ˈsha-gē How to pronounce shaggy (audio)
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
b
: confused or unclear in conception or thinking
shaggy ideas
a shaggy argument
shaggily adverb
shagginess 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 Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg shape-shift into shaggy, mythical beasts in the absurdist comedy Sasquatch Sunset. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 Often, strips of peeling velvet will hang from the hard antlers, giving the rack a shaggy or shrub-like appearance. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 10 Jan. 2024 Enjoying their morning coffee with their shaggy terrier, George, David Coulter and Shelley Cushman have stacks of papers on their dining room table and a tote bag with even more on the floor. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024 This shaggy bob by Nova Arts Salon owner, Sal Salcedo, is a softer, modern rendition of a classic cool-girl cut. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 30 Jan. 2024 This would have put these shaggy prehistoric beasts alongside other aquatic titans like the megalodon, the largest predatory shark to have ever lived. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 Newman instructs in a recent TikTok video, shaking his head up and down violently like a shaggy dog after a bath. Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 20 Oct. 2023 Mix in the 3 tablespoons (42 grams/ml) of oil, then add the flour and mix until a shaggy dough forms, adding an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of warm water, if needed, to help the dough come together. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Jan. 2024 Jesperson allegedly described her as having shaggy, wild blonde hair. Alex Stone, ABC News, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'shaggy.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of shaggy was in 1581

Dictionary Entries Near shaggy

Cite this Entry

“Shaggy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shaggy. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

shaggy

adjective
shag·​gy ˈshag-ē How to pronounce shaggy (audio)
shaggier; shaggiest
1
: covered with or made up of long, coarse, or tangled growth
2
: having a rough or hairy surface
shaggily adverb
shagginess noun

More from Merriam-Webster on shaggy

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!