Definition of bedraggled in English:



  • Dishevelled.

    ‘we got there, tired and bedraggled’
    • ‘Her pink dress was bedraggled, her hair sopping wet.’
    • ‘After scrambling up the steep banks and ploughing through the undergrowth with my boat in tow, I emerged bedraggled and muddy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a woman, dirty, bedraggled and unkempt, but a woman nonetheless.’
    • ‘Her face loomed over his - blotchy with tears, eyes swollen, hair bedraggled.’
    • ‘That, in addition to the bedraggled, disheveled and altogether weary face, created for Will a none-too-familiar picture.’
    • ‘So after a week of that, we could look pretty darn emaciated and bedraggled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jamie grunted, combing down his long, bedraggled, messy hair with his hand.’
    • ‘Her red hair looked messy, very bedraggled and her clothing…’
    • ‘Milly was sitting on the bed, her hair bedraggled and looked up in surprise when I ran in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His hair was chaotically bedraggled, obviously soaked as well as sporadically covered with soapy foam.’
    • ‘All day long, rescuers in boats and helicopters plucked bedraggled flood refugees from rooftops and attics.’
    • ‘The door came flying open showing a depressed creature, bedraggled, with hair tangled and sticking out in odd directions.’
    • ‘The poor garden is looking bedraggled: dry and dishevelled.’
    • ‘Her long hair was in a bedraggled mess and her normally fair skin was flushed red.’
    • ‘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.’
    dishevelled, disordered, untidy, unkempt, tousled, disarranged, messy, in a mess
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Early 18th century: from be- ‘thoroughly’ + draggle + -ed.