Rag Definition

răg
ragged, ragging, rags
noun
rags
A scrap of cloth.
American Heritage
A waste piece of cloth, esp. one that is old or torn.
Webster's New World
A small piece of cloth for dusting, cleaning, washing, etc.
Webster's New World
Anything considered to resemble a rag in appearance or in lack of value.
Webster's New World
Old, worn clothes.
Webster's New World
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verb
ragging, rags
To tease, scold, criticize, or nag.
Webster's New World
To criticize or complain about (something).
American Heritage
To play a practical joke or jokes on.
Webster's New World
To tease or taunt (someone).
American Heritage
To play in ragtime.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Made of rags.
A rag mop.
Webster's New World
Of or involved in the manufacture and sale of clothing, esp. women's clothing.
The rag trade.
Webster's New World
idiom
on the rag
  • Menstruating.
  • Irritable; grouchy.
American Heritage
chew the rag
  • to chat
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Rag

Noun

Singular:
rag
Plural:
rags

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Rag

Origin of Rag

  • Middle English ragge ultimately (probably partly by back-formation from raggi shaggy, ragged) of Old Norse origin Old Icelandic rögg tuft Swedish ragg shaggy hair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse rÇ«gg (“tuft, shagginess"). Cognate with Swedish ragg.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain; perhaps the same word as Etymology 2, below.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps from ragged. Compare later ragtime.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps from ragged

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin uncertain.

    From Wiktionary

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