bedraggled

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English[edit]

A Himalayan cat looking bedraggled (sense 1) after being bathed

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bedraggle +‎ -ed.

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bedraggled (comparative more bedraggled, superlative most bedraggled)

  1. Wet and limp; unkempt.
  2. Decaying, decrepit or dilapidated.
    • 1919, H[ector] H[ugh] Munro (Saki), “The Occasional Garden”, in The Toys of Peace and Other Papers, London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York, N.Y.: John Lane Company, OCLC 364610, page 239:
      She is only coming to gloat over my bedraggled and flowerless borders and to sing the praises of her own detestably over-cultivated garden. I'm sick of being told that it's the envy of the neighbourhood; it's like everything else that belongs to her—her car, her dinner-parties, even her headaches, they are all superlative; no one else ever had anything like them.

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bedraggled

  1. simple past tense and past participle of bedraggle.