Definition of bedraggled in English:

bedraggled

adjective

  • Dishevelled.

    ‘we got there, tired and bedraggled’
    • ‘Milly was sitting on the bed, her hair bedraggled and looked up in surprise when I ran in.’
    • ‘His hair was chaotically bedraggled, obviously soaked as well as sporadically covered with soapy foam.’
    • ‘After scrambling up the steep banks and ploughing through the undergrowth with my boat in tow, I emerged bedraggled and muddy.’
    • ‘He had dragged himself from the bed in a tangle of blankets, his hair tousled and bedraggled like a farmer's hay stack that had been left out in the rain.’
    • ‘So after a week of that, we could look pretty darn emaciated and bedraggled.’
    • ‘Her red hair looked messy, very bedraggled and her clothing…’
    • ‘The hurricane's eye also passed close to Port Arthur, Texas, another petrochemical town where bedraggled refugees spent a wet and noisy night trying to sleep on a hotel lobby carpet - until a gust blew in the windows.’
    • ‘I wondered in alarm, seeing all the available dry spaces being crowded out by the bedraggled refugees.’
    • ‘All day long, rescuers in boats and helicopters plucked bedraggled flood refugees from rooftops and attics.’
    • ‘I can see my reflection in the mirror, but I do not want to see the bedraggled, red-streaked hair and the angry, sad expression.’
    • ‘The door came flying open showing a depressed creature, bedraggled, with hair tangled and sticking out in odd directions.’
    • ‘Jamie grunted, combing down his long, bedraggled, messy hair with his hand.’
    • ‘Her face loomed over his - blotchy with tears, eyes swollen, hair bedraggled.’
    • ‘It was a woman, dirty, bedraggled and unkempt, but a woman nonetheless.’
    • ‘Her pink dress was bedraggled, her hair sopping wet.’
    • ‘His hair was bedraggled; some of it fell in the dark waves as intended, but the rest of it was divided between twisting away in haphazard directions and matting itself to his head.’
    • ‘After about half an hour of inability to go back to sleep, I ran a hairbrush through my bedraggled hair and stumbled down four flights of stairs to get to the dining hall.’
    • ‘The poor garden is looking bedraggled: dry and dishevelled.’
    • ‘McLellan may have been wet, bedraggled and muddied but she could still raise a big smile at the prospect of making that first underground sighting of a wombat, cosy and safe, far down in its den.’
    • ‘That, in addition to the bedraggled, disheveled and altogether weary face, created for Will a none-too-familiar picture.’
    • ‘Her long hair was in a bedraggled mess and her normally fair skin was flushed red.’
    dishevelled, disordered, untidy, unkempt, tousled, disarranged, messy, in a mess
    dirty, muddy, muddied, soiled, sullied, stained
    wet, sodden, soaking, soaking wet, wringing wet, soaked, drenched, saturated, dripping, soggy, splashed
    mussed
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Origin

Early 18th century: from be- ‘thoroughly’+ draggle + -ed.

Pronunciation:

bedraggled

/bɪˈdraɡ(ə)ld/