Definition of scrappy in English:

scrappy

Syllabification: scrap·py
Pronunciation: /ˈskrapē
 
/

adjective (scrappier, scrappiest)

1Consisting of disorganized, untidy, or incomplete parts: scrappy lecture notes piled up unread
[ mid 19th century: derivative of scrap1]
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  • 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.
Synonyms
feisty, tenacious, determined, persistent, dogged, aggressive, forceful; argumentative, confrontational, combative, antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, pugnacious
informal spoiling for a fight
vulgar slang ass-kicking
2North American informal Determined, argumentative, or pugnacious: he played the part of a scrappy detective
[ 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.

Derivatives

scrappily

adverb
More 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.

scrappiness

noun
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  • 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.

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