Webster 1828 Edition



Drawn on the ground; wet or dirtied by being drawn on the ground or mire.

Definition 2020






  1. simple past tense and past participle of draggle


draggled (comparative more draggled, superlative most draggled)

  1. Bedraggled.
    • 1765, Tobias Smollett, Travels Through France and Italy, Letter XXXIV, Nice, 2 April, 1765,
      It was near ten at night, when we entered the auberge in such a draggled and miserable condition, that Mrs. Vanini almost fainted at sight of us, on the supposition that we had met with some terrible disaster, and that the rest of the company were killed.
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter III,
      They were indeed a queer-looking party that assembled on the bank—the birds with draggled feathers, the animals with their fur clinging close to them, and all dripping wet, cross, and uncomfortable.
    • 1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1916, Chapter VII,
      Under the portico, with its grey sun-bleached pillars, loitered a troop of draggled bareheaded girls, waiting for the auction to be over.
    • 1937, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Chapter X, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012,
      Wet straw was in his draggled beard; he was so sore and stiff, so bruised and buffeted he could hardly stand or stumble through the shallow water to lie groaning on the shore.
    • 2015, Helen Macdonald, "Costa biography award 2014: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald" in The Guardian, 6 January, 2015,
      By the late nineteenth century British goshawks were extinct. I have a photograph of the stuffed remains of one of the last birds to be shot; a black-and-white snapshot of a bird from a Scottish estate, draggled, stuffed and glassy-eyed.