Definition of Shaggy

1. Adjective. Used of hair; thick and poorly groomed. "A shaggy beard"

Exact synonyms: Bushy, Shaggy-coated, Shaggy-haired
Similar to: Ungroomed
Derivative terms: Shag, Shagginess

2. Adjective. Having a very rough nap or covered with hanging shags. "Shaggy rugs"
Exact synonyms: Shagged
Similar to: Rough, Unsmooth
Derivative terms: Shag, Shagginess

Definition of Shaggy

1. a. Rough with long hair or wool.

Definition of Shaggy

1. Adjective. Rough with long or thick hair, fur or wool; unshaven, ungroomed, or unbrushed. ¹

2. Adjective. Rough; rugged; jaggy. ¹

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Definition of Shaggy

1. covered with long, coarse hair [adj -GIER, -GIEST] : SHAGGILY [adv]

Medical Definition of Shaggy

1. Rough with long hair or wool. "About his shoulders hangs the shaggy skin." (Dryden) 2. Rough; rugged; jaggy. "[A rill] that winds unseen beneath the shaggy fell." (Keble) Origin: From Shag. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shaggy

shaggy (current term)
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shaggy-dog story
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shaggy cap
shaggy chorion
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shaggy heart
shaggy kinase
shaggy pericardium
shaggymane mushroom

Literary usage of Shaggy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Systematic Anatomy of the Dicotyledons: A Handbook for Laboratories of Pure by Hans Solereder, Dukinfield Henry Scott (1908)
"Simple (ie unbranched) shaggy hairs are widely distributed in many Orders ... The filiform shaggy hairs are frequently distinguished by the fact that the ..."

2. English Botany, Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential by James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1812)
"Characteristic marks of it are the copious long shaggy hairs, bulbous at their base ; the lanceolate stalked radical leaves, either wavy or toothed, ..."

3. The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the by Robert Chambers (1832)
"Upon a shaggy-bearded goat he rode, The same wherewith Dan Jove on tender yeares, They say, ... shaggy ..."

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