Definition of mangy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪn(d)ʒi/
(also mangey)

adjective (mangier, mangiest)

1Having mange.
Example sentences
  • They cannot all survive, so many will starve and become mangy and diseased.
  • Stop in on any of the parishes around the island and you're bound to see women standing in doorways and windows conversing with their neighbours and children playing barefoot in the streets with slightly mangy dogs.
  • They completed depictions of a mangy but loveable dog, a fire-breathing dragon, a proud lion and a menacing silverback gorilla defending his territory.
1.1In poor condition; shabby: a girl in a mangy fur coat
More example sentences
  • He wore a colorless, primeval terry-cloth bathrobe that had been picked and shredded to a mangy condition.
  • He threw his coat onto the mangy couch and turned on the TV.
  • She wants him to stop looking like such a mangy scruffbag.
scruffy, moth-eaten, shabby, worn, unkempt, shoddy, sorry, dirty, squalid, filthy, sleazy, seedy
informal tatty, the worse for wear, scuzzy, grungy, yucky
British informal grotty
North American informal raggedy



Example sentences
  • There was a vague, unpleasant manginess about his appearance; he somehow seemed dirty, though a close glance showed him carefully shaved, and clad in immaculate linen.
  • The manginess was quite apparent, especially in the airplane scene where he was discussing writing the 8 new songs.
  • The itching and the manginess eventually began to vex the hippies, leading them to seek help from the local free clinics.

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