Ragged definition

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Tattered, frayed, or torn.

Ragged clothes.

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Having an irregular surface or edge; uneven or jagged in outline.

A column of text set with a ragged right margin.

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A ragged cough.

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The actor gave a ragged performance.

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Dressed in shabby or torn clothes.
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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.

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Simple past tense and past participle of rag.
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Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken.

A ragged coat.

A ragged sail.

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Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged.

Ragged rocks.

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Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant.
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Wearing tattered clothes.

A ragged fellow.

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Rough; shaggy; rugged.
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Ragged hair.

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Exhausted or worn out.

Don't run yourself ragged preparing for the holidays.

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Shabby or torn from wear; tattered.

A ragged shirt.

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Uneven; rough; jagged.

A ragged edge.

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Shaggy; unkempt.

Ragged hair.

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Not finished; imperfect; uneven.

A ragged style.

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Harsh; strident.

A ragged voice.

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Dressed in tattered or threadbare clothes.

A ragged scarecrow.

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run ragged
  • to cause to be exhausted, as by constant pressure or harassment
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
ragged
Comparative:
raggeder
Superlative:
raggedest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

run ragged

Origin of ragged

  • Middle English from ragge rag rag1

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

  • From rag

    From Wiktionary