shag·​gy | \ ˈsha-gē \
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 \ adverb
shagginess \ ˈsha-​gē-​nəs \ 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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Despite all the other crazy things that went down in the season premiere (Archie pleading guilty to murder, Betty's seizure), fans seemed to get the most riled about about the shaggy dog's storyline. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who Is Hot Dog? All About the Star of the "Riverdale" Premiere," 11 Oct. 2018 Last week, Appleton shared another pic of Lopez sporting shaggy long hair with bangs covering the front of her yellow aviators, which matched her bikini. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez's Mile-Long Pigtails Are a Barbie's Dream," 31 Oct. 2018 In California, there are century-old pictographs drawn by the Yokuts that appear to show a family of big giant creatures with long, shaggy hair. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 Two shaggy Lakeland terriers are wrestling while a goofy-looking boxer sunbathes belly-up on a park bench. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 Inside Memphis' Ardent recording studio, the shaggy-haired guy behind the desk is seeing to a bit of office mundanity that requires his attention. Andy Meek, Billboard, "Big Star Drummer Jody Stephens Keeps the Beat Alive at the Band's Old Studio," 17 May 2018 Those who doted on the show's shaggy dog have no trouble remembering her even decades later. Meghan Markle, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's 'humble' pre-Hollywood beginnings revealed," 9 May 2018 In Prine’s world, even the shaggiest of loners and losers can be redeemed. Greg Kot,, "Greg Kot picks his top albums of 2018 ... so far," 6 July 2018 The Angel is traditionally an all-American Barbie, blonde and draped in flowing white robes, but under Marianne Elliott’s direction, the Angel — like the play itself — becomes shaggy and ragged and feral, so alive as to be frightening. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of shaggy

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of shaggy was in 1581

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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 \
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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to gather or build up little by little

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