Imagine something really disgusting — crusty, dirty, falling apart — you know, like zombie flesh. If it’s shoddy, gross, and really, really cruddy, it can be called mangy.

If you want a really insulting adjective, you can’t do better than the word mangy. A mangy dog has a skin disease carried by mites that causes the animal to lose its hair and develop crusty patches on its body. Or, if you own a mangy sweater, it is probably threadbare and stained. As you can imagine, you should probably think twice before calling a person mangy!

Definitions of mangy
  1. adjective
    affected with or having mange
    synonyms: mangey
  2. adjective
    having many worn or threadbare spots in the nap
    “a mangy carpet”
    “a mangy old fur coat”
    synonyms: mangey
    affected by wear; damaged by long use
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