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mangy (adj) (of animals) suffering from mange, a disease causing the loss of fur among animals; (of clothes, etc.,) dirty and in bad condition.

A mangy dog suffers from a disease which makes it lose small areas of fur or hair on its body. Mangy animals look ugly with the loss of their hair or fur in small areas on their bodies gone. A mangy old blanket is a dirty old blanket. Mangy clothes are dirty clothes in bad condition and cannot be used any longer.

  • The mangy old dog with hairless patches on its skin was taken to hospital. The veterinarian said that it could not be cured.
  • He could not bear to see the beggar in such mangy old clothes. So he gave him some used clothes and told the beggar to throw off his dirty old clothes, unfit to be worn by any one.
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