ragtag

[rag-tag]
adjective
1.
ragged or shabby; disheveled.
2.
made up of mixed, often diverse, elements: a ragtag crowd.

Origin:
1880–85; rag1 + tag1

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ragtag (ˈræɡˌtæɡ)
 
n
derogatory the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)
 
[C19]

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ragtag
1820, from rag (n.) + tag; originally in expression rag-tag and bobtail "the rabble" (tag-rag and bobtail is found in 1659), from bobtail "cur," 1619. Tag and rag was "very common in 16-17th c." [OED]
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Example sentences
After all, there was no reigning in this ragtag band.
The ragtag bunch of misanthropes are being called together for one final,
  frantic mission.
Compared with others it was humble, ragtag, out in the middle of no place.
Another show, another ragtag bunch of seekers on a mysterious quest that
  involves an awful lot of running.
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