Origin of ragged
Examples from the Web for raggedly
Once or twice his raggedly bearded lips stirred in inarticulate movements, but finally he rose and laid a hand on her shoulder.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
Then her gaze came back to her be-crumbed tea-table, with the kitchen knife and the raggedly gaping can.No. 13 Washington Square|Leroy Scott
He looked up at the spreading plane that tore off raggedly against the night.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
He came into town unshorn, wild-looking, often raggedly clad, yet always with the same wistful hunger in his eyes.The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
Ayaw tagaktagaka (itagaktagak), Recite it together in unison, not raggedly.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for raggedly
Word Origin for ragged
Word Origin and History for raggedly
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with raggedly
see run one ragged.