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ragged

[rag-id] /ˈræg ɪd/
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
1250-1300; Middle English ragget. See rag1, -ed3
Related forms
raggedly, adverb
raggedness, noun
Synonyms
1. shabby, poor. 2. shredded, rent.
Antonyms
1. neat.
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British Dictionary definitions for ragged left

ragged

/ˈræɡɪd/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
raggedly, adverb
raggedness, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably from raggerag1
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Word Origin and History for ragged left

ragged

adj.

"rough, shaggy," c.1300, past participle adjective as though from a verb form of rag (n.). Cf. Latin pannosus "ragged, wrinkly," from pannus "piece of cloth." But the word might reflect a broader, older meaning; perhaps from or reinforced by Old Norse raggaðr "shaggy," via Old English raggig "shaggy, bristly, rough" (which, Barnhart writes, "was almost surely developed from Scandinavian"). Of clothes, early 14c.; of persons, late 14c. To run (someone) ragged is from 1915. Related: Raggedly; raggedness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ragged left

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run someone ragged


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