Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Affected with, caused by, or resembling mange.
  • adjective Shabby or squalid.
  • adjective Mean; contemptible.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See mange, n.
  • Infected with the mange; scabby; hence, untidily rough or shaggy, as if from mange.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Infected with the mange; scabby.
  • adjective Shabby; worn-out; seedy; run-down; squalid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Afflicted with mange.
  • adjective Worn and squalid-looking; bedraggled or decrepit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having many worn or threadbare spots in the nap

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

mange +‎ -y

Examples

  • They were galloping skeletons draped in mangy hide, and they out-distanced the boys who herded them.

    Chapter 12

  • Lean from sickness, her skin mangy with the dry scales of the disease called bukua, she was tied hand and foot and, like a pig, slung from a stout pole that rested on the shoulders of the bearers, who intended to dine off of her.

    CHAPTER IV

  • In a corner, on what had once been a bed of spruce-boughs, still wrapped in mangy furs, that had rotted to fragments, lay a skeleton.

    THE MAN ON THE OTHER BANK

  • Lean from sickness, her skin mangy with the dry scales of the disease called bukua, she was tied hand and foot and, like a pig, slung from a stout pole that rested on the shoulders of the bearers, who intended to dine off of her.

    Chapter 4

  • They were galloping skeletons draped in mangy hides, and they outdistanced the boys who herded them.

    Chapter 12

  • I have quoted these remarks because it is so rare for English visitors, accustomed to the lush green of our own meadows and woods, to find anything to admire in what is too often called the "mangy," or at best the "arid," surroundings of the capital of Spain.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country

  • I have forgotten whether she said they looked "mangy," or "measly," or "peaky;" but she conveyed her idea in some such graphic phrase.

    Jersey Street and Jersey Lane Urban and Suburban Sketches

  • I have consumed dishes at my family's dinner parties that could be described with adjectives like "mangy" and "gangrenous" and "paleolithic".

    Vonnegut's Asshole

  • Because how could I go through a game with a hairstyle known as "mangy"?

    EveryJoe

  • We'll meet a baby ankylosaurus incubated from an abandoned egg; rampaging, short-armed carnotauruses; and a pack of nicoraptors, which are like mangy, feral dogs.

    Terra Nova Exclusive: On the Set of TV's Hottest New Show

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