Definition of scrappy in English:



  • 1Consisting of disorganized, untidy, or incomplete parts.

    ‘scrappy lecture notes piled up unread’
    • ‘Kilmarnock fared little better as the match descended into a scrappy affair of bad passing, close marking and bloodthirsty challenges.’
    • ‘Certainly, the first 45 minutes were scrappy, untidy and bereft of anything resembling skilful football.’
    • ‘What she knew about China then was limited to the Great Wall and some scrappy information learned from school textbooks.’
    • ‘A pair has made a scrappy, twiggy nest around six metres from the ground in one of Williams' pine trees.’
    • ‘Speeches and letters survive entire, though the other fragments are scrappy.’
    • ‘But the trouble is that referees don't like his style - he is scrappy and sometimes untidy, and is not a puncher.’
    • ‘The scrappy and disjointed play continued after the restart as the Reivers pack began to exert more and more pressure, and began to control events.’
    • ‘Samples and drum loops provide the beat while scrappy guitars and synths get the crowd jumping to the feminist/pro-gay lyrics.’
    • ‘This is a lean, scrappy, pit-bull of an album.’
    • ‘Despite Ruth's goal, however, play continued to be scrappy with few scoring chances created at either end.’
    • ‘The fold is off-centre giving it a scrappy, unfinished look at odds with the design's refinement.’
    • ‘The appealing fragments are short and scrappy, the unappealing prose verbose and sometimes impenetrable.’
    • ‘The general impression was of a scrappy and superficial campaign, facing a coherent and single-minded Government.’
    • ‘The result was a rather scrappy, disjointed affair, where space in midfield was at a premium.’
    • ‘It was scrappy and messy but ultimately triumphant as York City Knights progressed to the last 16 of the Challenge Cup.’
    • ‘This was a scrappy game with countless basic mistakes.’
    • ‘However, there was nothing scrappy about the wonderfully executed goal that finally broke the deadlock at a critical juncture.’
    • ‘The material is subject to some wildly scrappy editing, with incidental characters brought in and summarily dropped.’
    • ‘While it may have been a scrappy game, this performance was not riddled with the disappointment of the display at Fratton Park.’
    • ‘Still in control their concentration wavered to the point that the game became scrappy and disjointed.’
    disorganized, untidy, disjointed, unsystematic, thrown together, uneven, bitty, sketchy, superficial, perfunctory, slipshod, inadequate, imperfect, incoherent, piecemeal
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  • 2North American informal Determined, argumentative, or pugnacious.

    ‘he had a scrappy New York temperament’
    • ‘They like scrappy players and are willing to put up with temperament that goes along with it.’
    • ‘Jimmy sees himself as a feisty, scrappy, still up for it, 75-year-old bastard.’
    • ‘The press remains scrappy and defiant, but its skepticism about lawyers has been embraced by the mainstream.’
    argumentative, disputatious, disputative, contentious, confrontational, captious, factious, cavilling, pugnacious, combative, ready for a fight, defiant, hostile, antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, militant, warring, fighting, battling
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