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  1. ragged.
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Origin of raggedy

First recorded in 1885–90; ragged + -y1
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broken, dilapidated, moth-eaten, ragged, rugged, seedy, shabby, shaggy, shoddy, tatterdemalion, threadbare, torn, unkempt, battered, frayed, frazzled, ripped, scraggy

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  1. informal somewhat ragged; tattereda raggedy doll
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Word Origin and History for raggedy


1845, U.S. Southern, from ragged + -y (2). Raggedy Ann stories first published 1918, character created by U.S. illustrator Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938). The tangle of tales about the origin of the doll and the name probably are mostly invention, sorrow's grieving-shrine for Marcella Gruelle (1902-1915), best left alone.

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