or rag·gee, rag·gy



a cereal grass, Eleusine coracana, cultivated in the Old World for its grain.

Origin of ragi

1785–95; said to be < Deccan Hindi rāgī
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Examples from the Web for raggy

Historical Examples of raggy

  • At length he saw, through the front window, Raggy Steggles walking down the road.

  • The snake dropped Raggy to strike at her, and Raggy rolled on to his feet and ran.

  • When she ran, there was a little white patch that showed under her tail; that was for Raggy to follow,—he followed it now.

  • He put on a raggy old jacket, and bulged his lean cheeks out with pads of wool.


    Roger Pocock

  • Nibbie was shabby-genteel black, sunburnt as to the mustache, grizzled as to the raggy fringe on his haunches.

    Modern Essays

    John Macy

British Dictionary definitions for raggy


raggee or raggy


a cereal grass, Eleusine coracana, cultivated in Africa and Asia for its edible grain

Word Origin for ragi

C18: from Hindi
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