- The definition of ragged is something that is torn, worn out, jagged, disorderly or not even.
- An example of something ragged is an old wash cloth used to clean the car.
- An example of something ragged is a tired kindergarten teacher; run ragged.
- An example of something ragged is the sharp edges of a broken rock.
- An example of something ragged is how someone looks who hasn't slept.
- An example of something ragged is the edge of something sewn that isn't straight; ragged edge.
A ragged piece of cloth.
- shabby or torn from wear; tattered: a ragged shirt
- dressed in shabby or torn clothes
- uneven; rough; jagged: a ragged edge
- shaggy; unkempt: ragged hair
- not finished; imperfect; uneven: a ragged style
- harsh; strident: a ragged voice
Origin of ragged; from rag + -ed
- Tattered, frayed, or torn: ragged clothes.
- Dressed in tattered or threadbare clothes: a ragged scarecrow.
- Unkempt or shaggy: ragged hair.
- Having an irregular surface or edge; uneven or jagged in outline: a column of text set with a ragged right margin.
- Imperfect; uneven: The actor gave a ragged performance.
- Harsh; rasping: a ragged cough.
- Exhausted or worn out: Don't run yourself ragged preparing for the holidays.
Origin of raggedMiddle English, from ragge, rag; see rag1.
- Simple past tense and past participle of rag.
(comparative more ragged, superlative most ragged)
- Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken.
- a ragged coat
- a ragged sail
- Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged.
- ragged rocks
- Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant.
- Wearing tattered clothes.
- a ragged fellow
- Rough; shaggy; rugged.
Variant of rag
- 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 doll
- Informal of or involved in the manufacture and sale of clothing, esp. women's clothing: the rag trade
chew the rag