scrubby


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scrub·by

 (skrŭb′ē)
adj. scrub·bi·er, scrub·bi·est
1. Covered with or consisting of scrub or underbrush.
2. Shrublike or scraggly: scrubby trees; scrubby cattle.
3. Paltry or shabby: a scrubby little house.

scrub′bi·ly adv.
scrub′bi·ness n.

scrubby

(ˈskrʌbɪ)
adj, -bier or -biest
1. (Physical Geography) covered with or consisting of scrub
2. (of trees or vegetation) stunted in growth
3. informal Brit messy
ˈscrubbiness n

scrub•by

(ˈskrʌb i)

adj. -bi•er, -bi•est.
1. low or stunted, as trees.
2. covered with scrub.
3. undersized or stunted, as animals.
4. wretched; shabby.
[1745–55]
scrub′bi•ly, adv.
scrub′bi•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scrubby - sparsely covered with stunted trees or vegetation and underbrush; "open scrubby woods"
wooded - covered with growing trees and bushes etc; "wooded land"; "a heavily wooded tract"
2.scrubby - inferior in size or quality; "scrawny cattle"; "scrubby cut-over pine"; "old stunted thorn trees"
inferior - of low or inferior quality

scrubby

adjective stunted, meagre, underdeveloped, spindly, scrawny, undersized scrubby green bushes

scrubby

adjective
Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations

scrubby

[ˈskrʌbɪ] ADJ
1. [person] → achaparrado, enano
2. [land] → cubierto de maleza

scrubby

[ˈskrʌbi] adj [land] → broussailleux/euse

scrubby

adj (+er) bushes, beardstruppig; grassbuschig; countrysidemit Buschwerk bewachsen; chinstoppelig
References in classic literature ?
I remembered her tripping briskly about the dining-room on her high heels, carrying a big trayful of dishes, glancing rather pertly at the spruce travelling men, and contemptuously at the scrubby ones-- who were so afraid of her that they didn't dare to ask for two kinds of pie.
A clump of scrubby trees, such as alone grew on the peninsula, did not so much conceal the cottage from view, as seem to denote that here was some object which would fain have been, or at least ought to be, concealed.
I knew this common very well; it was for the most part very uneven ground, covered with heather and dark-green furze bushes, with here and there a scrubby old thorn-tree; there were also open spaces of fine short grass, with ant-hills and mole-turns everywhere; the worst place I ever knew for a headlong gallop.
I should be very happy, aunt; but Brighton is almost by Beachey Head; and if I could get so far, I could not expect to be welcome in such a smart place as that-- poor scrubby midshipman as I am.
He stared at me with a hopeless expression upon his vacuous, good-natured, scrubby little face.
He is a mild, bald, timid man with a shining head and a scrubby clump of black hair sticking out at the back.
How long do you think it'll be before he gets tired of a scrubby room in a scrubby hotel?
Bert found it quite possible to look down and contemplate the wild sub-arctic landscape below, now devoid of any sign of habitation, a land of rocky cliffs and cascades and broad swirling desolate rivers, and of trees and thickets that grew more stunted and scrubby as the day wore on.
In spite of a slight tendency to exaggeration, Katharine decidedly hits the mark," he said, and lying back in his chair, with his opaque contemplative eyes fixed on the ceiling, and the tips of his fingers pressed together, he depicted, first the horrors of the streets of Manchester, and then the bare, immense moors on the outskirts of the town, and then the scrubby little house in which the girl would live, and then the professors and the miserable young students devoted to the more strenuous works of our younger dramatists, who would visit her, and how her appearance would change by degrees, and how she would fly to London, and how Katharine would have to lead her about, as one leads an eager dog on a chain, past rows of clamorous butchers' shops, poor dear creature.
Scrubby under-brush grew on either side of the way, while huge rocks were scattered around in abundance.
A forest of pale, scrubby ferns ran down almost to the beach.
They walked slowly up the scrubby avenue to the house.