- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for ragged on Thesaurus.com
- to scold.
- to subject to a teasing, especially in an intense or prolonged way (often followed by on): Some of the boys were ragging on him about his haircut.
- British. to torment with jokes; play crude practical jokes on.
- British. an act of ragging.
Origin of rag2
- to break up (lumps of ore) for sorting.
Origin of rag3
- a musical composition in ragtime: a piano rag.
- to play (music) in ragtime.
Origin of rag4
Examples from the Web for ragged
The low crunch of packed dirt against rubber tire was overwhelmed by the ragged explosions of automatic gunfire.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
We are sitting in a ragged park behind a McDonalds restaurant on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
Beneath the layers of hurt, beneath the ragged laughter, I heard awillingness to endure.Billie Holiday, Barack Obama, and the Pain of Black Women
June 22, 2014
The creation has a feathery train and a ragged flow of ruffled panels, which create the body of the dress and extend to the floor.Here Comes the Bride…In Flaming Red: Two Centuries of Colorful Wedding Dresses
May 7, 2014
Have you noticed how ragged and patched their clothes are?Warren Jeffs' Flock in Denial
August 5, 2011
But the upper edges are ragged, torn by a wind not yet felt below.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Once more I am counting the coppers, living on the ragged edge.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Enter Rumi-naui, torn and ragged, and covered with blood, with two attendants.Apu Ollantay
In the evening a man came, ragged and tired, looking for something to eat.Ridgeway
As far as the eye can reach in every direction are ragged peaks and spurs.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- (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
- a small piece of cloth, such as one torn from a discarded garment, or such pieces of cloth collectively
- (as modifier)a rag doll; a rag book; rag paper
- a fragmentary piece of any material; scrap; shred
- informal a newspaper or other journal, esp one considered as worthless, sensational, etc
- informal an item of clothing
- informal a handkerchief
- British slang esp nautical a flag or ensign
- lose one's rag to lose one's temper suddenly
- to draw attention facetiously and persistently to the shortcomings or alleged shortcomings of (a person)
- British to play rough practical jokes on
- British a boisterous practical joke, esp one on a fellow student
- (in British universities)
- a period, usually a week, in which various events are organized to raise money for charity, including a procession of decorated floats and tableaux
- (as modifier)rag day
- a piece of ragtime music
- (tr) to compose or perform in ragtime
- a roofing slate that is rough on one side
Word Origin and History for ragged
"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.
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).
Idioms and Phrases with ragged
see run one ragged.
In addition to the idiom beginning with rag
- rag doll
- chew the fat (rag)
- from rags to riches
- glad rags
- run ragged