Definitions

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  • adv. In a scrappy manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a scrappy manner; in scraps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In scraps or fragments; fragmentarily; desultorily.

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

  • adv. in a bellicose contentious manner

Etymologies

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scrappy +‎ -ly

Examples

  • No one remembers how it came to be there, but it remains there today, like a monument to lost boyhood, its chain-metal net hanging scrappily from the hoop on a pole stuck firmly into the concrete.

    The Sins of Brother Curtis

  • Thanks to these scrappily compelling portraits, this is a rich read.

    Review: Sullivan's Island

  • They sang, rather scrappily, the latest would-be comic songs, as they went through the grim villages.

    The Virgin and the Gypsy

  • The dog yapped scrappily at the traffic zooming by as Wolfe waited patiently for the traffic light to change.

    Cyberbooks

  • Victory was so close for the French, they had only to break through the scratch defence that was scrappily forming, and the day was theirs.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • She seldom wrote, and then but scrappily; and it seemed to him certain that she was forgetting him.

    The Jungle Girl

  • Well, then, we were put in possession of the Homer of Chapman, and to work we went, turning to some of the "famousest" passages, as we had scrappily known them in Pope's version.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 39, January, 1861

  • Ferber, for instance, has left little from which to state what he did, and that little is scattered through various periodicals, scrappily enough.

    A History of Aeronautics

  • This desolate garden-land had been even in my youth scrappily planned out for building.

    A Miscellany of Men

  • There was the same great advantage gained by a man of genius who wrote best scrappily and by episodes.

    Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

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