Definition of scraggy in English:

scraggy

(US scraggly)

adjectivescraggier, scraggiest

  • 1(of a person or animal) thin and bony.

    ‘scraggy mongrels’
    ‘a scraggy neck’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I sat next to a scraggy woman whose child in the seat behind leant forward between us and asked her why some people go on holiday on their own.’
    • ‘A scraggy goat has two Queen's College pupils to thank for its life after spending a week in a small crevice on a rugged mountain top.’
    • ‘The Prior planted his crops around them, and in their shade the scraggy sheep nibbled the grasses.’
    • ‘After unwinding during my sculpting class I could stop off for a giant pretzel or could hear a dozen scraggy men playing acoustic tunes on their guitars.’
    • ‘What was a scraggy teenager doing in their favorite café, how could such a feeble creature as myself ever appreciate the true value of such a cultured beverage as tea?’
    • ‘Unknown to her, a tall, scraggy man stood in the doorway, watching her.’
    • ‘I always found myself embarrassed when confronted with pictures of scraggy or sagging wives and overfed, grinning offspring.’
    • ‘Tina smiled at a scraggy boy who was leaning against the railing as she walked past him.’
    • ‘You didn't always look like a scraggy old man?’
    • ‘Last year a thin, scraggy squirrel appeared in my garden from nowhere, looking hungry.’
    • ‘The boy was scraggly and thin, and his strange, purple eyes were constantly darting this way and that.’
    • ‘The young boy, scraggly and thin, struggled against him before kicking him in the leg and darting off.’
    • ‘You can't really see from the picture but his back end is still very scraggly and he's extremely thin under the bushy fur that remains around his shoulders and head.’
    scrawny, thin, thin as a rake, skinny, skin-and-bones, size-zero, gaunt, bony, angular, gawky, rangy, raw-boned, skeletal, emaciated, pinched
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    1. 1.1Ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance.
      ‘an old man with a scraggy beard’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's first seen down-and-out, with a scraggly beard and out of work until his old mercenary buddy Rayburn gets him a job as a bodyguard.’
      • ‘Francona, who could have taken a conservative stance against his players' scraggly hair and scruffy beards, instead embraced his team's approach.’
      • ‘‘Well,’ Bob said as he widened his stance and rubbed his scraggly beard.’
      • ‘He tilted his head up revealing a long beard and scraggly hair.’
      • ‘He was wearing a suit, his tie in one of those enormous Windsor knots, but his trademark red beard was scraggly as always.’
      • ‘They all looked disheveled with dirty clothing and most of them had scruffy beards and scraggly hair.’
      • ‘I took mine, which had my name scrawled on the top in a thin, scraggly, yet elegant script.’
      • ‘Its appearance was that of a wooden skeleton except with scraggly twigs and splinters jutting out from its joints and face.’
      • ‘He had a full - blown mustache and beard, both of which were scraggly and unkempt.’
      • ‘‘Greetings from the Nevada Test Site,’ it proclaimed, showing a collage of doomsday clouds floating above a scraggly desert.’
      • ‘At dawn for the past two mornings, great scraggly flocks of rooks mixed with a few jackdaws pour over our base moving from their roosts to the freshly plowed fields.’
      • ‘The crown of his head was devoid of hair but thick gray strands grew along the sides and a scraggly moustache fell around his thin mouth.’
      • ‘In the old days, dogs and cats were happy with a scraggy old blanket to curl up in.’
      • ‘He is described as aged 40 to 45, about six feet tall with grey, scraggy shoulder length hair.’
      • ‘I recognized the face, which was a bit scraggy, but I couldn't reconcile with my memory as to how I knew her.’
      • ‘Her dark blonde hair was scraggy and flyaway and her face told a story of beauty aging gracefully.’
      • ‘The man was in his forties, had scraggy brown hair, and dark green eyes.’

Pronunciation

scraggy

/ˈskraɡi/