Definition of scraggy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈskragi

adjective (scraggier, scraggiest)

  • 1(Of a person or animal) thin and bony: scraggy mongrels a scraggy neck
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 (also chiefly North American scraggly) Ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance: an old man with a scraggy beard
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    • 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.



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  • Suddenly I felt conspicuous, standing there with my hair dripping onto the carpet and scraggily sticking to my neck and shoulders.


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  • Its rough surfaces bring a scragginess to his voice, the rising and falling tone making his words seem a plead, almost, a yearn.

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