"Now you two—no ragging," the young man with the red face reproved them, who was marking.
The farce of their performance is heightened by ragging from the courtiers.
A howl of joy went up from the small fry who had been "ragging" Tim all the time.
They lay there for few minutes, talking and ragging aimlessly.
It is full of opportunities for plotting and ragging and pulling the episcopal leg.
That's Netta's fault; she starts all the ragging and throws it on to Gwen.
Would I be ragging you this way if I didn't consider myself your friend?
We have been ragging him by suggesting his field-glasses must be faulty, and asking to see them.
That was boys' talk, like our "ragging," and was not meant seriously.
So that he escaped the ragging he would have had to undergo at Wrykyn in similar circumstances.
scrap of cloth, early 14c., probably from Old Norse rögg "shaggy tuft," earlier raggw-, or possibly from Old Danish rag (see rug), or a back-formation from ragged, It also may represent an unrecorded Old English cognate of Old Norse rögg. Watkins traces the Old Norse word through Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, from PIE root *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear up, uproot" (see rough (adj.)).
As an insulting term for "newspaper, magazine" it dates from 1734; slang for "tampon, sanitary napkin" is attested from 1930s (on the rag "menstruating" is from 1948). Rags "personal clothing" is from 1855 (singular), American English. Rags-to-riches "rise from poverty to wealth" is attested by 1896. Rag-picker is from 1860; rag-shop from 1829.
"scold," 1739, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Danish dialectal rag "grudge." Related: Ragged; ragging. Cf. bullyrag, ballarag "intimidate" (1807).