from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Ragged; unkempt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Rough, scruffy, or unkempt.
  • adj. Jagged or uneven; scraggy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or presenting a rough, irregular, or ragged appearance: as, a scraggly beard.

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

  • adj. lacking neatness or order


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  • I was always worried about that, so I never grew a beard, just in case I inherited some kind of scraggly beard gene.

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  • Man wanted over indecent assault in Adelaide's northern suburb POLICE are looking for a man with "scraggly" hair and a closely trimmed moustache after a teenage girl was indecently assaulted in the northern suburbs this morning. | Top Stories

  • Mr Fahey is about 170cm tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, a medium build with unkempt, brown, collar-length hair and a "scraggly" beard and moustache, police said. | Top Stories

  • If you can get your hands on a kind of scraggly lulav at a sukkah supply store (that they sometimes sell in "kids sets", they will most likely let you take off leaves for free, or have some scraps around you can take.


  • This ramshackle tin-roofed hole in the wall is located at the bottom of a small hill on Gip's scraggly lawn, which makes sense because juke joints are always found on the other side of the tracks in godforsaken places in the middle of nowhere.

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  • In addition, Gaddafi's scraggly hairline was blamed on a botched hair implant sometime in 2008 or 2009.

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  • In that flashing glimpse, even as he reined and spurred to make his own horse leap sidewise out from under, Harley Kennan observed the scratched skin and torn clothing, the wild-burning eyes, and the haggardness under the scraggly growth of beard, of the man-hunted man.


  • His hollow cheeks betrayed themselves through the scraggly beard, and his eyes seemed to have retired into deep caverns where they burned with cold fires.


  • Her scraggly grey hair was drawn unrelentingly and flatly back from a narrow, unrelenting forehead.


  • I was dizzy, but not unconscious, and very blissful with my old fingers buried in that lean and scraggly old neck I had sought for so long.

    Chapter 15


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