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adjective as in rough, bedraggled

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Example Sentences

I grounded the boat onto the first available scruffy gravel bar.

Compared with more-traditional farms, Kaufman’s plots look somewhat scruffy.

The highway that links them follows the rail line, four undivided lanes with long, hypnotically straight stretches and no shoulders, just ditches and scruffy pine forest and sandy fields of peanuts.

The hospital where I work as a research scientist in a synthetic biology lab is vaccinating all its staff, and excited voices from all sorts of people — scruffy graduate students, put-together receptionists — fill the air.

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All the tots are all well scrubbed and smiling, except for one scruffy little guy who’s giving the finger to the camera.

There are photos of what looks like a scruffy Californian kid in a T-shirt, taking a break from skateboarding.

They were greeted by the ever-scruffy director, who can be seen in the picture above snapping a shot on his camera phone.

He looks like a dog from an Eastern European circus: a small, scruffy dog who you could imagine balancing on a red ball.

When she came to power in 1978, Britain was a dreary, dreary place: dingy, funereal, abashed, scruffy, feckless.

As for Big Bird, Sesame Street should restore the creature to its scruffy perfection no matter who wins the election.


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On this page you'll find 36 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to scruffy, such as: seedy, shabby, tacky, tattered, threadbare, and unkempt.

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