Origin of raggedy
Related Wordsbroken, dilapidated, moth-eaten, ragged, rugged, seedy, shabby, shaggy, shoddy, tatterdemalion, threadbare, torn, unkempt, battered, frayed, frazzled, ripped, scraggy
Examples from the Web for raggedy
Inside, a pair of cats closely stand guard and a Raggedy Ann doll teeters over in one corner, as Bryk explains his candidacy.Brooklyn’s Lazy Carpetbagger Sets His Sights on an Alaska Senate Seat
December 4, 2013
I retired safely to my little bed in the front room with its raggedy sheets and thin holy blanket.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil
November 29, 2013
The real-life Annabelle is a Raggedy Ann that Lorraine Warren once warned me in no uncertain terms not to touch.A Night with The Conjuring’s Ed & Lorraine Warren
August 18, 2013
In crisp khakis, the cop stands at the head of a raggedy line of about 20 of us aspirants.The Perils of Driving in India: One Man’s Quest for a Driver’s License
October 20, 2012
This is the advice of John, the raggedy man, who does the chores.Trees Every Child Should Know
Julia Ellen Rogers
When Raggedy Andy was first brought to the nursery he was very quiet.
Raggedy Andy did not speak all day, but he smiled pleasantly to all the other dolls.
No, Raggedy Andy did not speak; he merely thought a great deal.
One can, you know, when one has been a rag doll as long as Raggedy Andy had.
- informal somewhat ragged; tattereda raggedy doll
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.