Definition of shaggy in English:



  • 1(of hair or fur) long, thick, and unkempt.

    ‘the mountain goat has a long, shaggy coat’
    • ‘Intent on climbing, all she could see of him was the top of his head, which sprouted a shaggy growth of dirty blonde hair that barely brushed his shoulders in elegant, sweaty and tangled locks.’
    • ‘The moonlight glinted off its shaggy fur, shining off the pale wings sprouting from its back.’
    • ‘His hair is a lighter brown color and it's shaggy.’
    • ‘He was a handsome young man of about three and twenty, but his shaggy mop of dark brown hair attributed to him a certain adorable boyish quality.’
    • ‘He was medium height and had shaggy, short, dark brown hair.’
    • ‘At the base, there stood a black horse with a thick shaggy pelt and another dark grey one.’
    • ‘The feline bristled its shaggy fur and started to stand.’
    • ‘The young woman noticed its shaggy fur was receding and looked to see the moon disappearing behind another cloud.’
    • ‘His light brown hair, which had been clean cut, was shaggy now.’
    • ‘She glanced over and saw that even Walter's shaggy fur had taken on a touch of glamour, and Bill's looked much like her own.’
    • ‘The child's blonde hair was growing slightly long, now just becoming shaggy.’
    • ‘The taller boy had short shaggy blondish red sort of hair.’
    • ‘His thick brown hair was spiked, but shaggy at the same time.’
    • ‘I never tell him that I think that with his thick brown eyebrows (like caterpillars), shaggy beard and thick glasses he looks like an intelligent bear.’
    • ‘His hair had begun to grow back, now slightly shaggy instead of fuzzy.’
    • ‘His hair, a soft ginger-brown color, was short and shaggy from his brow and over the crown of his head, but lengthened a sizable amount in the back, where it was tied off.’
    • ‘Michael scratched his shaggy brown hair, embarrassed at the Secret Service agent's commanding, drawn out voice.’
    • ‘He had long, shaggy and uncombed flaming red hair.’
    • ‘Dark blonde hair was cropped short and shaggy, hanging attractively though it was obviously meant to be slicked back from a high, proud brow.’
    • ‘The somber youth looked at her from underneath his shaggy bangs, and blinked.’
    hairy, hirsute, bushy, thick, woolly, fleecy, long-haired, unshorn, uncut, shock-headed
    tangled, tousled, unkempt, dishevelled, untidy, matted
    crinose, hispid
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    1. 1.1Having long, thick, unkempt hair or fur.
      ‘a huge shaggy Alsatian’
      • ‘He was despicable, missing teeth and looking very shaggy with the messiest mound of hair resting atop his head.’
      • ‘She took a bow, and he grinned as he scratched his shaggy head.’
      • ‘A shaggy, blonde guy answered the door and smiled.’
      • ‘The pony was old, and had been Asa's own for three years, ever since Asa's older brother, Oberon, had handed him down when he had grown out of the shaggy brown pony.’
      • ‘He was shaggy, still dripping wet and shivering.’
      • ‘Their big shaggy komondor sheepdogs with matted dreadlock pelts stayed close at heel.’
      • ‘I got to the front, and was pleasantly surprised to find that, instead of horses, two quaint looking, shaggy little ponies had been pulling us along.’
      • ‘What began as a group of shaggy street performers and itinerant stilt-walkers now commands huge audiences and premium prices in Las Vegas.’
    2. 1.2Having a covering resembling rough, thick hair.
      • ‘Lepiota rhacodes, the smaller shaggy parasol, is even shaggier and has flesh which stains red when cut.’
      • ‘On large trees it separates into shaggy strips.’
      • ‘During the actual weaving, tufts of fleece were sometimes knotted into the weave to anchor them, creating a fabric with a hairy or shaggy finish.’
      • ‘In answer to Dianne's question, Jocelyn says that Roman Chamomile is very tough and has sweet smelling white flowers, but may grow shaggy and need mowing.’
      • ‘It trucked off seven semi loads of toxic material, though it left behind the dead shaggy bark juniper and pinon pines that had been poisoned by fumes from the lab.’
      • ‘During the season, shear off faded blooms or cut back plants if they look shaggy; fertilize afterward.’
      coarse, bristly, scratchy, prickly
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