Definition of mangy in English:


(also mangey)


  • 1Having mange.

    • ‘Many dogs are mangy, sickly or hungry, and often roam in packs.’
    • ‘Several of these places were hygienically challenged, with mangy dogs scurrying about, leaking sewage pipes and nowhere to bathe.’
    • ‘Stop in on any of the parishes around the island and you're bound to see women standing in doorways and windows conversing with their neighbours and children playing barefoot in the streets with slightly mangy dogs.’
    • ‘There's a man sleeping next to a mangy dog in an adjacent doorway.’
    • ‘The park beside Santa Sabina is empty except for a few mangy, watchful cats and an old man who is playing simple scales on the flute - trilling up the scale, trilling down.’
    • ‘Some rats are clean, sleek and very friendly, but Scram smells bad, is dirty, mangey, skinny and neurotic.’
    • ‘Because of their debilitated condition, mangy wolves may also be more likely to attack easy prey such as domestic sheep.’
    • ‘I decided maybe it was time to leave the mangy koala runt behind and try something fresh.’
    • ‘In the dinner line, a mangy, bearded white man accepts his daily portion of slop.’
    • ‘A goat and a couple of mangy dogs sniffed around them, their senses quickened by the smells from the next door kitchen.’
    • ‘I bet she can both hear and smell those mangy animals from her front porch.’
    • ‘Kids are cautioned not to touch a mangy dog for fear that the mange will ooze from the hapless pooch to the child and cause his skin to rot and his hair to fall out.’
    • ‘Deep-down you have this sneaking feeling that there is every chance you are going to be sold a pup, quite possibly even a mangy dog.’
    • ‘They completed depictions of a mangy but loveable dog, a fire-breathing dragon, a proud lion and a menacing silverback gorilla defending his territory.’
    • ‘Instead, he's a mangy mutt with his tail between his legs.’
    • ‘They cannot all survive, so many will starve and become mangy and diseased.’
    • ‘You look at his feet: he isn't wearing scuffed, oil-stained boots or even stilettos, and there's no sign of a mangy mutt snoozing nearby.’
    • ‘A mangy cat showed up looking hopeful, out there in the cold.’
    • ‘Sometimes there will be squealing siblings by their side and at other times, you'll see a mangy dog warily watching on.’
    • ‘Small flocks of mangy goats and sheep, shepherded by women in flowing black abayas, forage in the trash.’
    scabby, scaly, scabious, diseased
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    1. 1.1In poor condition; shabby.
      ‘a girl in a mangy fur coat’
      • ‘She wants him to stop looking like such a mangy scruffbag.’
      • ‘He wore a colorless, primeval terry-cloth bathrobe that had been picked and shredded to a mangy condition.’
      • ‘Perhaps fooled by our mangy appearance, he insisted that we order something, his treat.’
      • ‘He threw his coat onto the mangy couch and turned on the TV.’
      • ‘The turkeys themselves are mangy critters - snowy feathers dirty from sitting on mud, bald heads vulture-like.’
      • ‘There should be straggly broad bean plants, and lines of mangy lettuces.’
      • ‘Underneath the mangy, beige carpet, the floorboards were rotten.’
      • ‘The patchy raggedness of the moult gave him a somewhat mangy appearance, but by the end of June he was smooth and as lean as a hungry wolf in his summer coat.’
      scruffy, moth-eaten, shabby, worn, unkempt, shoddy, sorry, dirty, squalid, filthy, sleazy, seedy
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