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Example Sentences

Warmer water means fewer nutrients, so some birds may be fueling up out at sea for longer, delaying their return to the colony or turning up bedraggled and unappealing.

The Brazilian defense, touted as impenetrable in pre-tournament hype, proved to be bedraggled, and porous.

At the end on the beach, the film shows the bedraggled crew, exhausted and relieved.

Franklin and William, covered in sweat, their clothes spangled with countless leaves, made their bedraggled way back to the road.

There were whiffs of the painfully “hipster” sensibility in which everything is a bit bedraggled and self-consciously messy.

We were sweaty and bedraggled, shirts untucked, ties yanked loose.

They presented an uncouth spectacle bedraggled as they were with grime and dirty water.

Mrs. John C. was bedraggled from loss of sleep, and defeat sat upon her shining brow.

He is dressed neither in a rainbow, nor bedraggled with blood.

Professor Zepplin made a joke of his own bedraggled condition, and the boys gave slight heed to theirs.

The bedraggled cat lapped milk, protected from the resentful jealousy of the station's regular feline attach by the one-eyed cook.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for bedraggled?

The verbs draggle and bedraggle mean to soil something, such as a piece of clothing, by dragging it over damp ground or in mud. The adjective bedraggled is quite specific—it means dirty and limp due to having been dragged in this way. The words soiled and sullied are often used to mean the same thing.

A word specific to being made dirty by mud is muddied. A more general word is dirtied. A milder and even less specific term is untidy.

Something, such as a reputation, could be described as bedraggled in a figurative sense to mean that it has been besmirched or tarnished.

What is the opposite (antonym) of bedraggled?

The opposite of something that’s bedraggled is something that’s been carefully kept clean. Perhaps the best antonyms are immaculate and spotless (both of which can be used in literal and figurative ways).


How do you use bedraggled in a sentence?

Bedraggled is a fun word, but it’s not used very often.

Here are some examples of bedraggled in a sentence:

  • The bottom of his long cloak was bedraggled after constantly dipping into puddles.
  • The kids came back from their walk on the muddy path completely bedraggled.
  • The bedraggled reputation of the mayor could not be laundered after yet another scandal.

What part of speech is bedraggled?

Bedraggled can be a verb or an adjective depending on how it’s being used. It comes from the past tense of the verb bedraggle.

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On this page you'll find 54 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to bedraggled, such as: disheveled, run down, seedy, threadbare, untidy, and dilapidated.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.