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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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Examples for ragamuffin
  • Nothing more appetizing than a bare-legged ragamuffin appears.
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
ragamuffin
1344, from M.E. raggi "ragged" + fanciful ending (or else second element is M.Du. muffe "mitten"). Ragged was used of the devil from c.1300 in ref. to "shaggy" appearance. Used by Langland as the name of a demon (cf. O.Fr. Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in a mystery play); sense of "dirty, disreputable boy" is from 1581.
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