bedraggled


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

be·drag·gled

 (bĭ-drăg′əld)
adj.
1. Wet, drenched, or messy: bedraggled clothes.
2. Being in a condition of deterioration; dilapidated: a street of bedraggled tenements.

bedraggled

(bɪˈdræɡəld)
adj
(of hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bedraggled - limp and soiled as if dragged in the mudbedraggled - limp and soiled as if dragged in the mud; "the beggar's bedraggled clothes"; "scarecrows in battered hats or draggled skirts"
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
2.bedraggled - in deplorable conditionbedraggled - in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"

bedraggled

bedraggled

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

bedraggled

[bɪˈdrægld] ADJ [person] → desaliñado; [hair, feathers, fur] → enmarañado; [flowers] → mustio

bedraggled

[bɪˈdrægəld] adjdépenaillé(e), débraillé(e)

bedraggled

adj (= wet)trief- or tropfnass; (= dirty)verdreckt; (= untidy) person, appearanceungepflegt, schlampig

bedraggled

[bɪˈdrægld] adj (person, clothes) → sbrindellato/a; (hair) → scompigliato/a; (wet) → bagnato/a fradicio/a
References in classic literature ?
In November I sometimes feel as if spring could never come again," she sighed, grieving over the hopeless unsightliness of her frosted and bedraggled flower-plots.
The procession of weary soldiers became a bedraggled train, despondent and muttering, marching with churning effort in a trough of liquid brown mud under a low, wretched sky.
Still, I have seen ships issue from certain docks like half-dead prisoners from a dungeon, bedraggled, overcome, wholly disguised in dirt, and with their men rolling white eyeballs in black and worried faces raised to a heaven which, in its smoky and soiled aspect, seemed to reflect the sordidness of the earth below.
It was a tall, shabby building, that cannot have been painted for years, and it had so bedraggled an air that the houses on each side of it looked neat and clean.
As soon as they entered the town, Pinocchio noticed that all the streets were filled with hairless dogs, yawning from hunger; with sheared sheep, trembling with cold; with combless chickens, begging for a grain of wheat; with large butterflies, unable to use their wings because they had sold all their lovely colors; with tailless peacocks, ashamed to show themselves; and with bedraggled pheasants, scuttling away hurriedly, grieving for their bright feathers of gold and silver, lost to them forever.
She held her left hand in front of her, covered with a red velvet glove, and on the wrist a little brown falcon, very fluffy and bedraggled, which she smoothed and fondled as she walked.
During the remainder of the act the lucky performers were those whose parts required changes of dress; the others were a soaked, bedraggled, and uncomfortable lot, but in the last degree picturesque.
It made him shudder when he thought of her uncomeliness, the bedraggled hair and the dirty hands, the brown dress she always wore, stained and ragged at the hem: he supposed she was hard up, they were all hard up, but she might at least be clean; and it was surely possible with a needle and thread to make her skirt tidy.
exclaimed a loud young voice; and looking up he saw before him the youngest and largest of the Blenker girls, blonde and blowsy, in bedraggled muslin.
The Doctor took the bedraggled paper with a rueful face.
No three tramps that one could have met in a Surrey lane could have looked more hopeless and bedraggled.
There were others in the plaza but they paid but little if any attention to the two bedraggled figures.