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bedraggled Line breaks: be|drag¦gled
Pronunciation: /bɪˈdraɡ(ə)ld/

Definition of bedraggled in English:


Dishevelled: we got there, tired and bedraggled
More example sentences
  • The poor garden is looking bedraggled: dry and dishevelled.
  • He had dragged himself from the bed in a tangle of blankets, his hair tousled and bedraggled like a farmer's hay stack that had been left out in the rain.
  • Jamie grunted, combing down his long, bedraggled, messy hair with his hand.
dishevelled, disordered, untidy, unkempt, tousled, disarranged, messy, in a mess;
dirty, muddy, muddied, soiled, sullied, stained;
wet, sodden, soaking, soaking wet, wringing wet, soaked, drenched, saturated, dripping, soggy, splashed
North American informalmussed


Early 18th century: from be- 'thoroughly' + draggle + -ed2.

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