from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One whose garments trail on the wet ground; a slattern; a draggletail.
  • Having the lower ends or skirts of one's garments defiled with mud. Also dagtailed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the lower ends of garments defiled by trailing in mire or filth; draggle-tailed.
  • noun A slovenly woman; a slattern; a draggle-tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A slovenly woman; a slattern; a draggle-tail.


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