Bedraggled



limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
Contemporary Examples

At the end on the beach, the film shows the bedraggled crew, exhausted and relieved.
In ‘The Project,’ the Stormy Battle to Take On Somali Pirates Eli Lake April 21, 2013

The Brazilian defense, touted as impenetrable in pre-tournament hype, proved to be bedraggled, and porous.
Brazil Slips Past Croatia, Thanks to Yuichi Nishimura Tunku Varadarajan June 11, 2014

Franklin and William, covered in sweat, their clothes spangled with countless leaves, made their bedraggled way back to the road.
Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Storm Chaser Lee Sandlin April 13, 2013

We were sweaty and bedraggled, shirts untucked, ties yanked loose.
To Shoot or Not to Shoot Edward Conlon April 13, 2011

The film opens on the scene when Juliette is freed—Thomas inhales cigarette smoke slowly, looking forlorn and bedraggled.
Oscar Talk? Tom Tapp October 21, 2008

Historical Examples

It was the grim resolution of a bent, bedraggled, but unbroken pride.
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser

She had changed the bedraggled frock for the green one she had worn the night before.
Viviette William J. Locke

The ‘large white plumes’ that dance before the eyes of youth soil, and are bedraggled.
A Certain Rich Man William Allen White

His relief was so great that, forgetting his own bedraggled condition, he laughed.
The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler

He was bound to her, he was leashed to her, and he must go begrimed and bedraggled to the dregs of life with her.
The Bondman Hall Caine

adjective
(of hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
verb
(transitive) to make (hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
adj.

1727, past participle adjective from bedraggle.
v.

1727, from be- + draggle, frequentative of drag.

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