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[rag-man, -muh n] /ˈrægˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural ragmen
[rag-men, -muh n] /ˈrægˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
a person who gathers or deals in rag.
Origin of ragman
First recorded in 1350-1400; rag1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It went perforce to the ragman, if he would condescend to accept it.

    South American Fights and Fighters

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The ragman would have declined any negotiations concerning his clothes.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Beauchamp glanced at his note-book for the name of this man, who was a ragman and dustman.

  • Webster and the ragman had exaggerated the condition of their fellow-toper.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • Many were moth-eaten and past redemption; those went to the ragman.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • The author is vilified, and his work is denounced, and relegated to the ragman.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • You remember it boys; 'twas more like a ragman's than a soldier of the King's.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • The red-headed Polish Jew, the ragman Zerkow, stood in the doorway.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • The mouse goes to the physician, who demands rags, the ragman asks for the tail of the dog.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane
  • Drucken Wabster and Brown the ragman came round the corner, staggering.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
British Dictionary definitions for ragman


noun (pl) -men
another name for rag-and-bone man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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