a ragged, disreputable person; tatterdemalion.
a child in ragged, ill-fitting, dirty clothes.

1350–1400; Middle English Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman

2. waif, urchin, guttersnipe, street arab.
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ragamuffin (ˈræɡəˌmʌfɪn)
1.  a ragged unkempt person, esp a child
2.  another name for ragga
[C14 Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman (1393); probably based on rag1]

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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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Nothing more appetizing than a bare-legged ragamuffin appears.
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