bedraggled
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /bɪˈdɹæɡl̩d/
Adjective

bedraggled

  1. Wet and limp; unkempt.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, “The Chase.—Third Day.”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, publishers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 30847311 ↗; republished as Moby Dick or The White Whale (Famous Sea Stories), Boston, Mass.: The St. Botolph Society, 53 Beacon Street, 1892 (8th printing, February 1922), OCLC 237074 ↗, page 527 ↗:
      A low rumbling sound was heard; a subterraneous hum; and then all held their breaths; as bedraggled with trailing ropes, and harpoons, and lances, a vast form shot lengthwise, but obliquely from the sea.
  2. Decaying, decrepit or dilapidated.
Synonyms Related terms Verb
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of bedraggle.



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