Definition of scrappy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskrapi/

adjective (scrappier, scrappiest)

1Consisting of disorganized, untidy, or incomplete parts: scrappy lecture notes piled up unread
Mid 19th century: derivative of scrap1
More example sentences
  • Certainly, the first 45 minutes were scrappy, untidy and bereft of anything resembling skilful football.
  • But the trouble is that referees don't like his style - he is scrappy and sometimes untidy, and is not a puncher.
  • A pair has made a scrappy, twiggy nest around six metres from the ground in one of Williams' pine trees.
disorganized, untidy, disjointed, unsystematic, thrown together, uneven, bitty, sketchy, superficial, perfunctory, slipshod, inadequate, imperfect, incoherent, piecemeal;
2North American informal Determined, argumentative, or pugnacious: he had a scrappy New York temperament
Late 19th century: derivative of scrap2
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  • The press remains scrappy and defiant, but its skepticism about lawyers has been embraced by the mainstream.
  • They like scrappy players and are willing to put up with temperament that goes along with it.
  • Jimmy sees himself as a feisty, scrappy, still up for it, 75-year-old bastard.



Pronunciation: /ˈskrapɪli/
Example sentences
  • I talked a lot in class and, if my homework wasn't late, it was scrappily done.
  • The game started off scrappily and never really recovered.
  • They managed to publish some of their work - scrappily - but much was lost due to their haste and quarrels with Cook.


Example sentences
  • Their opening goal typified the game in its scrappiness, before it sparked into life after the leveller.
  • If there had been collective culpability for that scrappiness, there were glints of individual excellence to raise the curtain on the second half.
  • An air of scrappiness hangs over the book; non-stop references to TV will make the book look so dated in five years.

Words that rhyme with scrappy

crappie, flappy, gappy, happi, happy, nappy, pappy, sappy, slap-happy, snappy, strappy, tapis, yappy, zappy

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