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[rag-i-dee] /ˈræg ɪ di/
Origin of raggedy
1885-90; ragged + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • raggedy Andy brought a small stew kettle, while the others brought the sugar and water and a large spoon.

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • When raggedy Andy was first brought to the nursery he was very quiet.

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • When raggedy Ann fell with a thud, face up in the fork of the tree, two robins who had a nest near by flew chattering away.

    Raggedy Ann Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • raggedy Ann introduced them one by one and raggedy Andy shook hands with each.

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • raggedy Ann tucked them in snugly and lay down upon the hard floor.

    Raggedy Ann Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • raggedy Andy cried, as he caught Uncle Clem and danced about the floor.

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
British Dictionary definitions for raggedy


(informal) somewhat ragged; tattered: a raggedy doll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for raggedy

1845, U.S. Southern, from ragged + -y (2). Raggedy Ann stories first published 1918, character created by U.S. illustrator Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938). The tangle of tales about the origin of the doll and the name probably are mostly invention, sorrow's grieving-shrine for Marcella Gruelle (1902-1915), best left alone.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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