Etymology
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scrubby (adj.)

1590s, "stunted, inferior, shabby;" see scrub (n.1) + -y (2). In reference to land, "covered with brush or underwood," from 1670s. Related: Scrubbiness.

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Definitions of scrubby

scrubby (adj.)
sparsely covered with stunted trees or vegetation and underbrush;
open scrubby woods
Synonyms: scrabbly
scrubby (adj.)
inferior in size or quality;
scrubby cut-over pine
Synonyms: scrawny / stunted
From wordnet.princeton.edu