Definition of scrappy in English:


Syllabification: scrap·py
Pronunciation: /ˈskrapē

adjective (scrappier, scrappiest)

  • 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.



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  • 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.


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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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