A mercy it was that he didn't call me a ragamuffin, Joseph said to himself.
Then he is known as the "ragamuffin," on account of his covering of rags.
He declared himself thirsty, and a ragamuffin handing him a half-empty bottle, he drank from it.
For this exploit the ragamuffin is lauding him to the skies.
Do you know, by the way, what a quaint little 316 ragamuffin philosopher that child is?
Playing marbles with some of your ragamuffin friends, I suppose.
It's a likely story that a ragamuffin like you would be trusted with so much money.
An artist would still have said, "How handsome that ragamuffin must have been!"
The ragamuffin has luck; he takes her into his household, "society," and destroys the virgin.
Of course, there are some good among them, as with other ‘ragamuffin’ ramblers.
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).