Definitions

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  • n. Roughness; irregularity; jaggedness.
  • n. Leanness or thinness, especially as tending toward haggardness; scrawniness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being scraggy; scraggedness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being scraggy; leanness; ruggedness; roughness.

Etymologies

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scraggy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Shinte, now reappeared; but nothing struck us more than the comparative scragginess of the trees in this hollow.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • The wild junglefowl, however, has feathered legs, a down-curving tail, and an overall scragginess.

    5 Chicken

  • For the first month, as one always does in Devon, she had walked herself to the verge of scragginess, then had gradually put on weight, as is the correct method.

    Leonie of the Jungle

  • Where do all the scraggy, bad-fleshed beasts come from that we see daily in our fat markets, and what is the cause of their scragginess?

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders

  • To the "strong-minded female," however, he had a strong antipathy, and in his pictures rather ungenerously emphasized the unloveliness, even the scragginess, of the advocates of women's rights.

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • She had been excessively pretty, but had rather lost her looks after a bad illness, and her worst affliction was now a tendency to scragginess, cleverly concealed where the chest was no longer visible.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • There is not the least look of scragginess about her, just extreme slenderness, a small-boned creature of perhaps five foot four or five, with childish outline.

    Man and Maid

  • Little Gustave was still on his father's knee, his night-shirt tucked up, his whole wretched misshapen body shivering, and displaying the scragginess of a slowly dying child.

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Lourdes, Volume 5

  • But all at once, when Claude was trying to attract his notice by dint of gesticulations, the other turned his back to bow very low to a party of three -- the father short and fat, with a sanguine face; the mother very thin, of the colour of wax, and devoured by anemia; and the daughter so physically backward at eighteen, that she retained all the lank scragginess of childhood.

    His Masterpiece

  • However, Sandoz, compassionating the scragginess of the girl, whom he kept watching, judged her in one sentence.

    His Masterpiece

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