[ UK /skɹˈʌfi/ ]
[ US /ˈskɹəfi/ ]
  1. shabby and untidy
    a surge of ragged scruffy children
    he was soiled and seedy and fragrant with gin
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How To Use scruffy In A Sentence

  • Not that he is preening: he is careless about his blond good looks, a scruffy hipster beard giving maturity to his rather angelic face. Times, Sunday Times
  • We were lectured by numerous academic doctors, usually wearing scruffy sports jackets or ill-fitting white coats. Times, Sunday Times
  • While in the daytime it looked just kept enough to be scruffy, the thick cool of the night hid its dinginess and transformed it into something almost beautiful.
  • The Dodgers were “dem Bums,” the “daffiness boys,” the unpretentious clowns, whose fans were seen as scruffy bluecollar workers who spoke with bad diction. Wait Till Next Year
  • Next, a scruffy-looking student enthusiastically volunteered to lace him into a straightjacket and secure him with padlocks and chains.
  • There is a man, approximately my age, attractive in a scruffy, academic sort of way brown corduroy jacket, one of those narrow, stripey, many-coloured scarves that men are wearing this season coiled around his neck, tufty brown hair, sitting across the aisle to my right on a strapontin. Power, corruption and lies
  • His hair is unkempt and his clothes scruffy; his eyes are red and he seems permanently on the point of tears. Times, Sunday Times
  • I finished work today, go to pick the car up and lo and behold some scruffy twoccers have smashed the window, nicked the stereo which is no good because I kept the face with me and completely ripped all the ignition out.
  • Both girls had over-the-top suntans, scruffy blonde hair, and very long legs in extremely tight jeans.
  • He's got more cheekbone than Snoop, bloodshot and rheumy eyes, and he's wearing a scruffy black overcoat and woolly hat.
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