Draggle-tail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Draggle-tail A slattern who suffers her gown to trail in the mire; a drabble-tail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n draggle-tail A bedraggled or untidy person; a slut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Draggle-tail a slut
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Freq. of drag, and a doublet of drawl.

Usage

In literature:

People go by, so drenched and draggle-tailed that I have often wondered how they found the heart to undress.
"Edinburgh Picturesque Notes" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But, however much she might whistle, she should see that I was at least no draggle-tailed cockerel!
"The Gambler" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
To be sure some of it draggled half along the ground, and came after like a peacock's tail.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
She saw close to the wall some few yards away a somewhat draggle-tail figure in cloak and hood.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
People go by, so drenched and draggle-tailed that I have often wondered how they found the heart to undress.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The tail is thickly covered with long hairs, placed vertically, the hairs draggling on the ground.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
Whereas, "Draggle Tail Dreary Dun" has no such recommendation to rescue it from universal execration.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Various
No one knew of it save Bough Van Busch and the draggle-tailed woman.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
And a pretty figure you'll cut then, with a draggle-tailed wife and a crowd of squalling children crying after you wherever you go!
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
He was dust-covered, and draggled, and his tail drooped, and he sneezed again.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
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In news:

View full size Kathy Sandham Professor Henry Higgins (Bob Russell) tempts "draggle-tailed guttersnipe" Eliza Doolittle with chocolates in the Beck Center for the Arts' "My Fair Lady".
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