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

  • adj. Covered with or consisting of scrub or underbrush.
  • adj. Straggly or stunted.
  • adj. Paltry or shabby; wretched.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Covered with or consisting of scrub.
  • adj. Inferior in size or quality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of scrub; small and mean; stunted in growth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of inferior breed or stunted growth; stunted; hence, small; shabby; contemptible; mean: as, a scrubby cur; a scrubby tree.
  • Covered with scrub or underwood: as, scrubby land.

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

  • adj. inferior in size or quality
  • adj. sparsely covered with stunted trees or vegetation and underbrush


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