Scrag Definition

skrăg
scragged, scragging, scrags
noun
scrags
A lean, scrawny person or animal.
Webster's New World
A thin, stunted tree or plant.
Webster's New World
The neck, or back of the neck, of mutton, veal, etc.
Webster's New World
The human neck.
Webster's New World

(Scotland) A scrog.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
skin-and-bonesthin personscrag end
Antonyms:
fat person
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verb
scragged, scragging, scrags
To choke or wring the neck of; hang; throttle; garrote.
Webster's New World

To harass, to manhandle.

Wiktionary
To kill or destroy.
Wiktionary
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Origin of Scrag

  • Perhaps related to Norwegian skragg (a lean person), dialectical Swedish skragge (old and torn thing), Danish skrog (hull, carcass); perhaps related to shrink.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps from dialectal crag neck from Middle English cragge from Middle Dutch crāghe throat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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