from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bony or scrawny person or animal.
- n. A piece of lean or bony meat, especially a neck of mutton.
- n. Slang The human neck.
- transitive v. Slang To wring the neck of; strangle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The lean end of a neck of mutton; the scrag end.
- n. The neck, especially of a sheep.
- n. A scrog.
- n. A rough or unkempt woman.
- v. (colloquial) To hang on a gallows, or to strangle or garotte or choke.
- v. To harass, to manhandle
- v. To kill or destroy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Something thin, lean, or rough; a bony piece; especially, a bony neckpiece of meat; hence, humorously or in contempt, the neck.
- n. A rawboned person.
- n. A ragged, stunted tree or branch.
- transitive v. To seize, pull, or twist the neck of; specif., to hang by the neck; to kill by hanging.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crooked branch.
- n. Something thin or lean, and at the same time rough.
- n. A scraggy or scrawny person.
- n. A scrag-whale.
- n. A remnant, or refuse part; specifically, the neck, or a piece of the neck, of beef or mutton.
- Scragged or scraggy: said of whales.
- To put to death by hanging; hang.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. strangle with an iron collar
- n. lean end of the neck
- n. the lean end of a neck of veal
- v. wring the neck of
- n. a person who is unusually thin and scrawny
Perhaps from dialectal crag, neck, from Middle English cragge, from Middle Dutch crāghe, throat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps related to Norwegian skragg (a lean person), dialectical Swedish skragge (old and torn thing), Danish skrog (hull, carcass); perhaps related to shrink. (Wiktionary)