- The definition of scruffy is someone or something that is unkempt and untidy.
A messy beard that you do not take care of is an example of a scruffy beard.
A man with a scruffy beard.Licensed from iStockPhoto
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adjective scruff·i·er, scruff·i·est
- Shabby; untidy.
- Chiefly British Scaly; scabby.
Origin: From obsolete scruff, scurf, variant of scurf; see scurf.
- scruffˈi·ly adverb
- scruffˈi·ness noun