- a lean or scrawny person or animal.
- the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton.
- Slang. the neck of a human being.
verb (used with object), scragged, scrag·ging.
- Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
- Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.
- a thin or scrawny person or animal
- the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton
- informal the neck of a human being
verb scrags, scragging or scragged (tr)
- informal to wring the neck of; throttle
n.1540s, “lean person or animal, a raw-bones;” perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skragg “a lean person;” dialectal Swedish skraka “a great, dry tree; a long, lean man,” skragge “old and torn thing,” Danish skrog “hull of a ship, carcass,” Icelandic skröggr, a nickname of the fox); perhaps from root of shrink.