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ragged

[rag-id]
adjective
1.
clothed in tattered garments: a ragged old man.
2.
torn or worn to rags; tattered: ragged clothing.
3.
shaggy, as an animal, its coat, etc.
4.
having loose or hanging shreds or fragmentary bits: a ragged wound.
5.
full of rough or sharp projections; jagged: ragged stones.
6.
in a wild or neglected state: a ragged garden.
7.
rough, imperfect, or faulty: a ragged piece of work.
8.
harsh, as sound, the voice, etc.
9.
(of a column of type) set or printed with one side unjustified; either flush left with the right side unjustified (ragged right) or flush right with the left side unjustified (ragged left)

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English ragget. See rag1, -ed3

raggedly, adverb
raggedness, noun


1. shabby, poor. 2. shredded, rent.


1. neat.
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ragged (ˈræɡɪd)
 
adj
1.  (of clothes) worn to rags; tattered
2.  (of a person) dressed in shabby tattered clothes
3.  having a neglected or unkempt appearance: ragged weeds
4.  having a loose, rough, or uneven surface or edge; jagged
5.  uneven or irregular: a ragged beat; a ragged shout
 
[C13: probably from raggerag1]
 
'raggedly
 
adv
 
'raggedness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

ragged
"rough, shaggy," c.1300, from rag (n.), but earliest use is not directly from the main sense of that word and may reflect a broader, older meaning. Of clothes, early 14c.; of persons, late 14c. Raggedy Ann doll first attested 1918.
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Slang Dictionary

rag definition


  1. n.
    a newspaper. : What a rag! It's only good for putting in the bottom of bird cages!
  2. n.
    ugly or badly styled clothing; an ugly garment. : I can't wear that rag!
  3. n.
    any clothing, even the best. (Always plural.) : Man, I got some new rags that will knock your eyes out!
  4. n.
    a sanitary napkin; a tampon. (For use in the menstrual cycle. Usually objectionable.) : God, I've got to change this rag!
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