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

  • adj. Slang Dirty or shabby: a scroungy overcoat.

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  • adj. dirty or shabby


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  • Willetts says he "always had this parasitic side ... something in me was very scroungy", and as his father's health worsened he took advantage.

    Sam Willetts: A season in hell

  • Their scroungy dogs scratched and circled around the fire while the Ragmen stood about and seemed to be trading among one another: bales of worn clothing for baskets of tomatoes, bushels of fruit for twisted metals, cases of dust-filled bottles for scorched couches and lamps with frazzled wires.

    The Palatski Man

  • There was also a single, nattily dressed rabbit and one scroungy-looking bat, smaller and even uglier than Pog.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • All her family and her friends and only a handful of mine all scroungy and bearded just waiting to get at the drinks and food --


  • Turtles Can Fly (2004) - Set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border weeks before the 2003 US invasion, this intense drama trails Satellite (Soran Ebrahim), a bossy, tech-obsessed 13-year-old who leads a scroungy gang of children and sets up TV reception for local villages awaiting news of the imminent war.

    John Farr: Best International Films of the Decade So Farr

  • Who would have thought a girl from Chagrin Falls, Ohio who lived on Applebrook Drive with her scroungy but lovable German Shepherd named Pepper, would one day grow up to talk to the leaders of the world about a new dog in the White House!

    Wendy Diamond: Setting a New President in Pet Adoption

  • Youth groups were traveling, but they all did hikes and stayed in the scroungy places.


  • Only after I succeeded in making a mess of myself did Mr. Field Notes point out I should have peed on one of the scroungy looking "bushes."

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Some people feel too scroungy if they don't do it after every meal.

    Organize Your Life!

  • Most people feel too scroungy if they don't brush their teeth every day.

    Organize Your Life!


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