straggly

adjective
strag·gly | \ˈstra-g(ə-)lē \
stragglier; straggliest

Definition of straggly 

: spread out or scattered irregularly a straggly beard

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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, "Nigella Lawson and Nik Sharma want to empower home cooks," 27 Apr. 2018

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1818, in the meaning defined above

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straggly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of straggly

: growing or hanging in an untidy way

straggly

adjective
strag·gly | \ˈstra-glē, -gə-lē\
stragglier; straggliest

Kids Definition of straggly

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

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