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bedraggled

If you're bedraggled, you're dishevelled, limp, and tired. Many people are a bit bedraggled after a very long plane flight.

New parents who spend much of the night awake with a crying baby often look a little bedraggled, and so do travelers and students during finals week. Bedraggled people haven't gotten enough sleep and aren't quite as pulled together and polished as they might like to be. Bedraggled is an 18th-century word, from the now-obsolete verb bedraggle, combining be and draggle, "make wet and dirty" or "lag behind."

Definitions of bedraggled
  1. adjective
    limp and soiled as if dragged in the mud
    “the beggar's bedraggled clothes”
    synonyms: draggled
    dirty, soiled, unclean
    soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  2. adjective
    in deplorable condition
    “a street of bedraggled tenements”
    synonyms: broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down
    damaged
    harmed or injured or spoiled
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