adjective, scrub·bi·er, scrub·bi·est.

  1. low or stunted, as trees.
  2. consisting of or covered with scrub, stunted trees, etc.
  3. undersized or inferior, as animals.
  4. wretched; shabby.

adjective -bier or -biest

  1. covered with or consisting of scrub
  2. (of trees or vegetation) stunted in growth
  3. British informal messy

adj.“stunted, inferior, shabby,” 1590s; see scrub (n.) + -y (2). Meaning “covered with scrub” is from 1670s. Related: Scrubbiness.

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