- a ragged, disreputable person; tatterdemalion.
- a child in ragged, ill-fitting, dirty clothes.
Origin of ragamuffin
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Examples from the Web for ragamuffin
"I'll give you the bulliest shine you ever had," said the ragamuffin.Brave and Bold
I feel enough like a sneakin' ragamuffin and housebreaker as 'tis.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Then he is known as the "ragamuffin," on account of his covering of rags.The Devil's Pool
For this exploit the ragamuffin is lauding him to the skies.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Playing marbles with some of your ragamuffin friends, I suppose.Fame and Fortune
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- a ragged unkempt person, esp a child
- another name for ragga
Word Origin and History for ragamuffin
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).