scraggy

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scraggy (comparative scraggier, superlative scraggiest)

  1. Rough and irregular; jagged.
    • c. 1890, William Dean Howells, Tennyson, stanza 18:
      Her tender arms the angry sharpness rue
      Of many a scraggy thorn and envious brier;
    • 1894, Gilbert Parker, The Trail of The Sword. ch. 10:
      [H]e grasped the rock. It was scraggy, and though it tore and bruised him he clung to it.
  2. Lean or thin, scrawny.
    • 1815, Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering, ch. 2:
      On one of these occasions, he presented for the first time to Mannering his tall, gaunt, awkward, bony figure, attired in a threadbare suit of black, with a coloured handkerchief, not over clean, about his sinewy, scraggy neck.

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