What does rag mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rag.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rag, shred, tag, tag end, tatter(noun)

    a small piece of cloth or paper

  2. rag, rag week(noun)

    a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities

  3. ragtime, rag(noun)

    music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)

  4. tabloid, rag, sheet(noun)

    newspaper with half-size pages

  5. rag(verb)

    a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)

  6. torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate(verb)

    treat cruelly

    "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

  7. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

  8. rag(verb)

    play in ragtime

    "rag that old tune"

  9. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride(verb)

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

    "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

  10. call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast(verb)

    censure severely or angrily

    "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

  11. rag(verb)

    break into lumps before sorting

    "rag ore"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rag(verb)

    to scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter

  2. Rag(noun)

    a piece of cloth torn off; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred; a tatter; a fragment

  3. Rag(noun)

    hence, mean or tattered attire; worn-out dress

  4. Rag(noun)

    a shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin

  5. Rag(noun)

    a coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture

  6. Rag(noun)

    a ragged edge

  7. Rag(noun)

    a sail, or any piece of canvas

  8. Rag(verb)

    to become tattered

  9. Rag(verb)

    to break (ore) into lumps for sorting

  10. Rag(verb)

    to cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone

  11. Origin: [OE. ragge, probably of Scand, origin; cf. Icel. rgg a tuft, shagginess, Sw. ragg rough hair. Cf. Rug, n.]


  1. Rag

    University Rag societies are student-run charitable fundraising organisations that are widespread in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Most universities in the UK and Ireland, as well as some in South Africa and the Netherlands have a Rag. In some universities Rags are known as Charities Campaigns, Charity Appeals, Charity Kommittees, or Karnivals, but they all share many attributes. In the UK, the National Student Fundraising Association, set up in December 2011, exists as a support and resource sharing organisation run by those managing rags for others managing RAGs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rag

    rag, n. a fragment of cloth: a rock having a rough irregular surface: a remnant, scrap: a beggarly person: anything rent or worn out.—adj. made of rags.—v.t. to make ragged.—v.i. to become ragged, to fray: (U.S. slang) to dress (out).—ns. Rag′abash, a low fellow; Rag′amuffin, a low, disreputable person.—adj. Rag′amuffinly.—ns. Rag′-bush, in some heathen countries, a bush dedicated to some deity and decorated with rags torn from the clothes of pilgrims; Rag′-dust, the refuse of rags used by dyers; Rag′-fair, a fair or market for rags, old clothes, &c.; Rag′gery, rags collectively; Rag′ging, the first rough separation of the ore from dross; Rag′-man, a man who collects or deals in rags; Rag′-mon′ey (slang), paper money; Rag′-pick′er, one who collects rags, &c., from ash-heaps, dung-hills, &c.: a machine for tearing old rags, &c., to pieces; Rag′-shop, a shop where rag-pickers dispose of their finds; Rag′-sort′er, one who sorts out rags for paper-making; Rag′-stone, Ragg, an impure limestone, consisting chiefly of lime and silica; Rag′-tag, the rabble; Rag′weed, any plant of the composite genus Ambrosia; Rag′wheel, a wheel with teeth or cogs on the rim, which fit into the links of a chain or into rackwork: a cutlass polishing-wheel; Rag′-wool, shoddy; Rag′work, mason-work built of small stones about the size of bricks: a manufacture from strips of rag.—Rag-tag and bobtail, a rabble. [Ice. rögg, shagginess.]

  2. Rag

    rag, v.t. to banter, torment.—Also n. [Perh. from the previous word; others refer to Ice. rægja, to calumniate; cog. with A.S. wrégan, to accuse.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rag in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hamid Khan:

    They said 'F*** you, rag heads' and drove off. It was terrifying.

  2. Larry Yepez:

    I could feel his strength. I felt like a little rag doll underneath him.

  3. Debbie Wirth:

    He just says, ‘ Come in, I ’ll give you another McDouble. ’ Well, you know, that’s not the point, i got a rag, no apology, no nothing.

  4. Linda Brown:

    I couldn't move or speak. I felt paralyzed, he flipped me over and sexually assaulted me, i felt like a rag doll and like a real-life blow-up doll for him.

  5. Timothy Piazza:

    They killed him, they fed him lethal doses of alcohol and they killed him, and then they treated him like a rag doll, like road kill, they slapped him around, threw water on him, one kid punched him.

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