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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: scruff 'messy person' (19-21 centuries), from scurf; SCURVY

scruffy

adjective
     
scruf‧fy
dirty and untidy:
a scruffy old pair of jeans
scruffy shops
scruffily adverb:
a scruffily dressed man
scruffiness noun [uncountable]

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