from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Wet; limp.
- adj. Soiled by or as if by having been dragged through mud.
- adj. Being in a condition of deterioration; dilapidated: a street of bedraggled tenements.
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- adj. wet and limp; unkempt
- adj. decaying, decrepit or dilapidated
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of bedraggle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in deplorable condition
- adj. limp and soiled as if dragged in the mud
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If you look up the word bedraggled in the dictionary, there will be an image of my 4 rain soaked scrawny birds, standing on one foot, so close together they look attached.
Every time I saw her getting homelier and kind of bedraggled like, I said to myself, well, I've saved Peter from that at any rate.
The Irish News was quick to replace the loss of Susan McKay with the equally impressive columnist, Fionnuala O'Connor, author of 'first article, she examines the possible repercussions of the British Conservative Party's link-up with the' bedraggled 'link of Unionism, Reg Empey's Ulster Unionist Party, under the bizarre UCUNF label.
I know there are some seniors who are kind of bedraggled and can't picture being vigorous enough to be Prez at 72, but there are an awful lot of seniors who resent the age jokes.
"bedraggled" to make the story more clever and dramatic.
All across America's urban centers, the bedraggled hoi polloi have gathered around the comforting aura of reclaimed wood.
It is the cat that was once beautiful and is now like Lear, is bedraggled though majestic.
NEW YORK -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn walked out of a Manhattan courthouse Tuesday free from criminal charges, sweeping with a smile past a crush of cameras and speeding away from a place where he'd been brought, bedraggled and handcuffed, more than three months ago.
I loved my look so much I have to admit I slept it and had a very bedraggled look the next day.
But the insane exploit had a cost: The surviving forces were bedraggled and ill-fed.