- clothed in tattered garments: a ragged old man.
- torn or worn to rags; tattered: ragged clothing.
- shaggy, as an animal, its coat, etc.
- having loose or hanging shreds or fragmentary bits: a ragged wound.
- full of rough or sharp projections; jagged: ragged stones.
- in a wild or neglected state: a ragged garden.
- rough, imperfect, or faulty: a ragged piece of work.
- harsh, as sound, the voice, etc.
- (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 of ragged
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Examples from the Web for raggedly
Ayaw tagaktagaka (itagaktagak), Recite it together in unison, not raggedly.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
But it was not this alone that made his breath come short and raggedly.The Yukon Trail
William MacLeod Raine
They were determined men, raggedly clothed and bearded; incurious of gaze and uncommunicative of speech—but armed and purposeful.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
The German line emerged from the smoke, raggedly but yet solidly enough to overwhelm the weakened defense.Grapes of wrath
From his raggedly whiskered lips burst a growl and a yawp which, too late, he regretted.The Tyranny of Weakness
Charles Neville Buck
- (of clothes) worn to rags; tattered
- (of a person) dressed in shabby tattered clothes
- having a neglected or unkempt appearanceragged weeds
- having a loose, rough, or uneven surface or edge; jagged
- uneven or irregulara ragged beat; a ragged shout
Word Origin and History for raggedly
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with raggedly
see run one ragged.