ragamuffin

[ rag-uh-muhf-in ]
/ ˈræg əˌmʌf ɪn /

noun

a ragged, disreputable person; tatterdemalion.
a child in ragged, ill-fitting, dirty clothes.

Origin of ragamuffin

1350–1400; Middle English Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman
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ragamuffin

/ (ˈræɡəˌmʌfɪn) /

noun

a ragged unkempt person, esp a child
another name for ragga

Word Origin for ragamuffin

C14 Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman (1393); probably based on rag 1
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