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scruffy (adj.)

1650s, "covered with scurf," from scruff "dandruff, scurf" (late Old English variant of scurf) + -y (2). The generalized sense of "rough and dirty" is by 1871 ("Mark Twain"). Related: Scruffily; scruffiness.

updated on March 05, 2022

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Definitions of scruffy from WordNet

scruffy (adj.)
shabby and untidy; "he was soiled and seedy and fragrant with gin"- Mark Twain;
a surge of ragged scruffy children
Synonyms: seedy
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