[ rag-id ]
/ ˈræg ɪd /
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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 ).
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Origin of ragged
OTHER WORDS FROM raggedrag·ged·ly, adverbrag·ged·ness, noun
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How to use ragged in a sentence
I stroked right, settling the compass near 185 degrees, and glanced at the flowers, stems ragged from where I’d torn them off by the road.My Priceless Summer on a Maine Lobster Boat|Luna Soley|November 11, 2020|Outside Online
Again they marched raggedly, but their faces, instead of being good-humored and full of frolic, were serious now.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
The German line emerged from the smoke, raggedly but yet solidly enough to overwhelm the weakened defense.Grapes of wrath|Boyd Cable
The river lay bare from shore to shore, save where the Westover landing stretched raggedly into the flood.Audrey|Mary Johnston
In spite of a stubborn will the girl's breath came raggedly.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
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
British Dictionary definitions for ragged
/ (ˈræɡɪd) /
(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
Derived forms of raggedraggedly, adverbraggedness, noun
Word Origin for ragged
C13: probably from ragge rag 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with ragged
see run one ragged.
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