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[rag-i-dee] /ˈræg ɪ di/
Origin of raggedy
First recorded in 1885-90; ragged + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is the advice of John, the raggedy man, who does the chores.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • So raggedy Ann stayed at Daddy's studio for three or four days.

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

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • raggedy Andy did not speak all day, but he smiled pleasantly to all the other dolls.

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • No, raggedy Andy did not speak; he merely thought a great deal.

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • One can, you know, when one has been a rag doll as long as raggedy Andy had.

    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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