- a waste piece of cloth, esp. one that is old or torn
- a small piece of cloth for dusting, cleaning, washing, etc.
- anything considered to resemble a rag in appearance or in lack of value
- old, worn clothes
- any clothes: used humorously
- the axis and white, tough membrane of citrus fruits
- cotton and other cloth fibers used in making high-quality papers for documents, stationery, etc.
- Slang a newspaper, esp. one viewed with contempt
Origin of ragMiddle English ragge from Old English ragg- (in raggig, ragged) from Old Norse rögg, tuft of hair from Indo-European base an unverified form reu-, to tear up from source rug, Classical Latin ruere, to tumble down, rake up, rudis, rough
- made of rags: a rag mop
- Informal of or involved in the manufacture and sale of clothing, esp. women's clothing: the rag trade
chew the rag