bedraggled

dirty and disheveled


Can this word refer to a state of mind? The disheveled part, I mean. Apparently, the first use of this word was in the early 18th century. It comes from the word draggle, which means, “dirty or wet, typically by trailing it through mud or water.” I’ve never seen draggle used without the be- and the -d, but I like it. Maybe draggle deserves a renaissance?

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