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scraggly (comparative scragglier, superlative scraggliest)

  1. Rough, scruffy, or unkempt.
    • 1913, Jack London, John Barleycorn, ch. 31:
      The sunburn of my face, what little of it could be seen through a scraggly growth of beard, had faded to a sickly yellow.
    • 1980 Nov. 24, John Skow, "In Arizona: A Million Dollar Sale of Cowboy Art," Time:
      What he painted was scenes of the Old West, cowboys and Indians, cattle and horses. Pictures scraggly with sagebrush.
  2. Jagged or uneven; scraggy.

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