Ragged Rag"ged (r[a^]g"g[e^]d), a. [From {Rag}, n.] 1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken; as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail. [1913 Webster]

2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged; as, ragged rocks. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant. [R.] ``A ragged noise of mirth.'' --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

4. Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow. [1913 Webster]

5. Rough; shaggy; rugged. [1913 Webster]

What shepherd owns those ragged sheep? --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Ragged lady} (Bot.), the fennel flower ({Nigella Damascena}).

{Ragged robin} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Lychnis} ({Lychnis Flos-cuculi}), cultivated for its handsome flowers, which have the petals cut into narrow lobes.

{Ragged sailor} (Bot.), prince's feather ({Polygonum orientale}).

{Ragged school}, a free school for poor children, where they are taught and in part fed; -- a name given at first because they came in their common clothing. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] -- {Rag"ged*ly}, adv. -- {Rag"ged*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • ragged — [rag′id] adj. [< RAG1 + ED] 1. shabby or torn from wear; tattered [a ragged shirt] 2. dressed in shabby or torn clothes 3. uneven; rough; jagged [a ragged edge] 4. shaggy; …   English World dictionary

  • ragged — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of cloth or clothes) old and torn. 2) wearing ragged clothes. 3) rough or irregular. 4) lacking finish, smoothness, or uniformity. 5) suffering from exhaustion or stress. ● run someone ragged Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • ragged — (adj.) rough, shaggy, c.1300, pp. adjective from RAG (Cf. rag) (n.), but earliest use is not directly from the main sense of that word and may reflect a broader, older meaning. Of clothes, early 14c.; of persons, late 14c. Cf. L. pannosus ragged …   Etymology dictionary

  • ragged — [adj] worn out; in shreds badly dressed, badly worn, battered, broken, contemptible, crude, desultory, dilapidated, dingy, disorganized, down at the heel*, fragmented, frayed, frazzled, full of holes*, in holes*, in rags, in tatters*, irregular,… …   New thesaurus

  • ragged — rag|ged [ˈrægıd] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(clothes etc)¦ 2¦(people)¦ 3¦(uneven)¦ 4¦(not regular)¦ 5¦(tired)¦ 6 be on the ragged edge ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(CLOTHES ETC)¦ also rag|ged|y [ˈrægıdi] especially AmE torn and in bad condi …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ragged — rag|ged [ rægəd ] adjective 1. ) MAINLY LITERARY torn and dirty: a pair of ragged shorts Ragged posters hung on the walls. a ) ragged people are wearing old dirty clothes and look very poor: ragged children playing in the street 2. ) with edges… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ragged — [[t]ræ̱gɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is ragged looks untidy and is wearing clothes that are old and torn. The five survivors eventually reached safety, ragged, half starved and exhausted. Derived words: raggedly ADV GRADED ADV ed ...a dismal …   English dictionary

  • ragged — adjective 1 CLOTHES also raggedy especially AmE torn and in bad condition: A beggar was dozing on a pile of ragged blankets. | piles of raggedy old books 2 PEOPLE wearing clothes that are old and torn: a group of ragged children 3 UNEVEN also… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ragged — raggedly, adv. raggedness, n. /rag id/, adj. 1. clothed in tattered garments: a ragged old man. 2. torn or worn to rags; tattered: ragged clothing. 3. shaggy, as an animal, its coat, etc. 4. having loose or hanging shreds or fragmentary bits: a… …   Universalium

  • ragged — UK [ˈræɡɪd] / US [ˈræɡəd] adjective 1) a) mainly literary torn and dirty a pair of ragged shorts Ragged posters hung on the walls. b) wearing old dirty clothes and looking very poor ragged children playing in the street 2) with edges that are not …   English dictionary

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