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dreg +‎ -y



dreggy (comparative dreggier, superlative dreggiest)

  1. Containing dregs or lees; muddy; foul.
    • 1837 June, Horticulture, The American Quarterly Review: March and June 1837, Volume XXI, page 376,
      In the third place, I truly esteem those that are pretty much perfumed and well scented, though I do not care that this perfection should be enclosed in a pulp that is extremely hard and full of dreggy matter, as the amadotte, the citron, and the great winter musk pears.
    • 2005, Ola West, A Clean Week[1], page 21:
      Now, I have been in cleaning about two years and I know one thing, cleaning and catering are the dreggiest jobs to be in.
    • 2008, Rob Love, A Ballad of Love and War, iUniverse, page 185,
      It was now dark and Heath found himself walking into the dreggiest part of town.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dreggy in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)