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adj. shag·gi·er, shag·gi·est
1. Having, covered with, or resembling long rough hair or wool.
2. Bushy or matted: shaggy hair.
3. Having a rough nap or surface, as a textile.
4. Poorly groomed; unkempt.
5. Marked by a lack of order or clarity in thinking, planning, or performance.

shag′gi·ly adv.
shag′gi·ness n.
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Noun1.shagginess - unkemptness of hair
slovenliness, unkemptness, sloppiness - a lack of order and tidiness; not cared for
2.shagginess - roughness of nap produced by long woolly hairs
raggedness, roughness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
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(ˈʃӕgi) adjective
(covered with hair, fur etc that is) rough and untidy in appearance. The dog had a shaggy coat; a shaggy dog.
ˈshagginess noun
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References in classic literature ?
But Ahab, my Captain, still moves before me in all his Nantucket grimness and shagginess; and in this episode touching Emperors and Kings, I must not conceal that I have only to do with a poor old whale-hunter like him; and, therefore, all outward majestical trappings and housings are denied me.
Gilroy's last film as both writer and director was knotty legal drama Roman J Israel and there's a similar shagginess here, at times appealingly scattershot and at other times, a tad frustrating.
Critics have run the length of the shelf of Irish writers from Beckett to Swift in their comparisons, with the novel recalling the shagginess of Tristram Shandy and the grim humour of Flann O'Brien.