[ UK /skɹˈʌbi/ ]
[ US /ˈskɹəbi/ ]
  1. inferior in size or quality
    old stunted thorn trees
    scrubby cut-over pine
    scrawny cattle
  2. sparsely covered with stunted trees or vegetation and underbrush
    open scrubby woods
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How To Use scrubby In A Sentence

  • Last week I saw burnet roses in the dunes of Northumberland: low scrubby sticks scythed by North Sea winds blooming with constellations of white flowers. Country diary: Wenlock Edge
  • We decided against that peninsula because we are not fond of the excessive heat and humidity thereabouts and we also found the peninsula to be a bit of a scrubby and unscenic flat and undistinguished land except perhaps in the southern part approaching other parts of Southern Mexico and along certain coastal corridors. Retiring in Yucatan
  • From over scrubby cheekbones eyes looked into Winston's, sometimes with strange intensity, and flashed away again.
  • Scrubby flatwoods are commonly adjacent to or intermixed and integrated with rosemary scrub.
  • I then changed to the north-west again, through a scrubby country — mulga, acacia, hakea, salt bush, and numerous others, with a plentiful supply of grass. The Journals of John McDouall Stuart
  • For a few fleeting moments Milly recalled the spindly horse and the scrubby boy of the delivery wagon, but for only a few moments. One Woman's Life
  • The film is grainy and rich, you can almost feel the old dusty wood, the waterfalls, the rocky buttes and scrubby plains leap out of the screen.
  • We all had bikes, cursed the buses, and haunted the Blue store on the corner, Joe's Cut price and Scrubby Creek with it's collection of shopping trollies., otherwise known as FAM - I lived it for many years and I still keep in touch with members of BFAM. SF0
  • He's the one with the bush hat, check shirt, scrubby moleskins and a perpetual cigarette pasted to his lips.
  • Juniper, pinion, greasewood, Mormon tea, and scrubby brush grow sparingly on the rocky terrain.
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