strag·​gly | \ ˈstra-g(ə-)lē How to pronounce straggly (audio) \
stragglier; straggliest

Definition of straggly

: spread out or scattered irregularly a straggly beard

Examples of straggly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are no straggly flower stalks to cut off until late in the season. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 21 June 2021 Left to its own devices, Robbins explained, hazelnut grows into a straggly, shrubby tree. Kiliii Yüyan, History & Culture, 17 Dec. 2020 Viewers see Raniere at volleyball practice in a tie-dye shirt and short shorts, his straggly ponytail subdued by a sweatband. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2020 Customers in masks, their straggly hair weeks from a good cut, lingered outside. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2020 Lawson cracks the eggs into a tea strainer to eliminate any straggly bits of egg white and encourage near-perfect spheres, then gently transfers each egg into a ramekin. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of straggly

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Straggly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of straggly

: growing or hanging in an untidy way : scraggly


strag·​gly | \ ˈstra-glē How to pronounce straggly (audio) , -gə-lē \
stragglier; straggliest

Kids Definition of straggly

: growing, hanging, or arranged in an untidy or scattered way straggly hair


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