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scraggly +‎ -ness


scraggliness (uncountable)

  1. Roughness, scruffiness, or unkemptness.
    • 2002 April 5, Charles McGrath, “Rituals: Great Ways to Wreck A Quiet Weekend”, in New York Times, retrieved 20 September 2011:
      The great thing about mowing is that it is visually satisfying; with each overlapping pass, one more swath is shorn, and where there was once scraggliness and unkemptness, now there is neatness and trimness.
    • 2002 April 18, Hollywood's Such a Mess These Days: Left and right, stars wear their hear unkept, Lexington Herald-Leader, p. E3 (retrieved 20 Sep. 2011):
      Ditto for Uma Thurman, whose loose blonde strands were defiant in their scraggliness. Your mother would have called this kind of hair a bird's nest.
    • 2004, Carla Neggers, White Hot, →ISBN, page 195:
      He was dressed casually, expensively, a contrast to his older brother's ragged, threadbare clothes and general scraggliness.