Definition of scrappy in US English:


adjectivescrappiest, scrappier

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

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