draggle-tailed [drag-uh l-teyld] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. untidy; bedraggled; slovenly.

Origin of draggle-tailed First recorded in 1645–55; draggle-tail + -ed3 Examples from the Web for draggle-tailed Historical Examples of draggle-tailed

  • Bill Sykes likes to be tried in a black coat, and draggle-tailed Sal smooths her tangled locks before she enters the dock.

    Mr. Witt’s Widow

    Anthony Hope

  • People go by, so drenched and draggle-tailed that I have often wondered how they found the heart to undress.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The Pink Moir Antique was torn into a draggle-tailed pink train.

    My Miscellanies, Vol. 1 (of 2)

    Wilkie Collins

  • All ordinary housekeepers are at the mercy of the filth and insolence of a draggle-tailed, novelette-reading feminine democracy.

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

  • In the midst of it, the Crows noticed a Monkey sliding along, drenched and draggle-tailed, looking like a drowned Rat.

    The Talking Thrush

    William Crooke

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