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ragamuffin

[rag-uh-muhf-in] /ˈræg əˌmʌf ɪn/
noun
1.
a ragged, disreputable person; tatterdemalion.
2.
a child in ragged, ill-fitting, dirty clothes.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman
Synonyms
2. waif, urchin, guttersnipe, street arab.
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British Dictionary definitions for ragamuffin

ragamuffin

/ˈræɡəˌmʌfɪn/
noun
1.
a ragged unkempt person, esp a child
2.
another name for ragga
Word Origin
C14 Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman (1393); probably based on rag1
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Word Origin and History for ragamuffin
n.

mid-14c., "demon," also in surnames (Isabella Ragamuffyn, 1344), from Middle English raggi "ragged" ("rag-y"?) + fanciful ending (or else second element is Middle Dutch muffe "mitten"). Or, as Johnson has it, "From rag and I know not what else." Ragged was used of the devil from c.1300 in reference to "shaggy" appearance. Raggeman was used by Langland as the name of a demon, and cf. Old French Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in a mystery play. Sense of "dirty, disreputable boy" is from 1580s. Cf. in the same sense ragabash (c.1600).

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