1 covered by low bushes: scrubby terrain
2 informal looking dirty and untidy: a scrubby schoolboy

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Scrubby — Scrub by (skr[u^]b b[y^]), a. [Compar. {Scrubbier} (skr[u^]b b[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Scrubbiest}.] Of the nature of scrub; small and mean; stunted in growth; as, a scrubby cur. Dense, scrubby woods. Duke of Argyll. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrubby — index ignoble, poor (inferior in quality) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • scrubby — 1590s; see SCRUB (Cf. scrub) (n.) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Scrubbiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • scrubby — [skrub′ē] adj. scrubbier, scrubbiest 1. stunted in growth; undersized or inferior 2. covered with or consisting of scrub, or brushwood 3. paltry, shabby, etc. scrubbily adv. scrubbiness n …   English World dictionary

  • scrubby — UK [ˈskrʌbɪ] / US adjective Word forms scrubby : adjective scrubby comparative scrubbier superlative scrubbiest 1) covered with small bushes and trees 2) scrubby plants are smaller than normal 3) informal looking dirty and untidy …   English dictionary

  • scrubby — scrub|by [ˈskrʌbi] adj 1.) scrubby land is covered by low bushes 2.) scrubby trees and bushes are small and do not look very healthy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scrubby — [[t]skrʌ̱bi[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Scrubby land is rough and dry and covered with scrub. ...the hot, scrubby hills of western Eritrea …   English dictionary

  • scrubby — adjective 1. sparsely covered with stunted trees or vegetation and underbrush open scrubby woods • Syn: ↑scrabbly • Similar to: ↑wooded • Derivationally related forms: ↑scrubbiness, ↑scrub …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrubby — adjective (scrubbier; est) Etymology: 1scrub Date: 1591 1. inferior in size or quality ; stunted < scrubby cattle > 2. covered with or consisting of scrub 3. shabby, paltry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scrubby — adj. Scrubby is used with these nouns: ↑bush …   Collocations dictionary

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