Definition of scraggly in English:

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scraggly

Pronunciation: /ˈskraɡ(ə)lē/
(also scraggy /ˈskraɡē/)

adjective (scragglier, scraggliest)

1(Of a person or animal) thin and bony.
Example sentences
  • I went to check my balance at a cashpoint and noticed a rather scraggy man leaning in the window of a white van parked beside the cashpoint.
  • One day in the mountains I met a young shepherd and we chatted for over half an hour while his scraggy sheep tinkled and grazed.
  • There were flies by the billions, dirt and refuse everywhere, and scraggy dogs searching in the stalls for food.
Synonyms
scrawny, thin, as thin as a rake, skinny, skin-and-bones, gaunt, bony, angular, gawky, rawboned
1.1Ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance: a man with a scraggly beard
More example sentences
  • Together with his unkempt mop of wavy brown hair and his scraggly beard, his appearance was most intimidating.
  • His pale face, which was thin and almost frail, was framed by a scraggly beard and long straight hair that was perfectly parted in the middle.
  • Don Shirley, an understated man with steel-frame glasses and a scraggly beard, was a kindred spirit.
1.2(Of a plant, tree, or shrubbery) sparsely foliated or having thin, uneven growth: it was the scraggliest Christmas tree I had ever seen
More example sentences
  • Chimney Rock dominates a little island otherwise undistinguished: a few scrub trees, scraggly grass, no landing beach.
  • About 70 huge boats, some with four to five families on board, were tied to scraggly pine trees down the canal.
  • Little more than an expanse of scraggly lawn ringed with trees, it nevertheless was the only park in my neighbourhood for children to play in.

Derivatives

scraggily

Pronunciation: /-əlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Suddenly I felt conspicuous, standing there with my hair dripping onto the carpet and scraggily sticking to my neck and shoulders.

scraggliness

(or scragginess) noun

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: scrag·gly

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