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- Marshy; having the characteristics of a wetland.
- 1724, Swift, Jonathan, The Drapier's Letters, Letter 7, published 1903:
- Neither should that odious custom be allowed, of cutting scraws, (as they call them) which is flaying off the green surface of the ground, to cover their cabins; or make up their ditches; sometimes in shallow soils, where all is gravel within a few inches; and sometimes in low ground, with a thin greensward, and sloughy underneath; which last turns all into bog, by this mismanagement.
- 1918, Cather, Willa, chapter 1, in The Song of the Lark, part 1:
- The Swedish Reform Church was in a sloughy, weedy district, near a group of factories.
- Resembling dead skin.