What does ragged mean?

Definitions for ragged
ˈræg ɪdragged

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ragged.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. raggedadjective

    being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn

    "clothes as ragged as a scarecrow's"; "a ragged tramp"

  2. raggedadjective

    worn out from stress or strain

    "run ragged"

  3. raggedadjective

    having an irregular outline

    "text set with ragged right margins"; "herded the class into a ragged line"


  1. raggedadjective

    Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken.

  2. raggedadjective

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

    ragged rocks

  3. raggedadjective

    Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant.

    A ragged noise of mirth. uE000182799uE001 George Herbert.

  4. raggedadjective

    Wearing tattered clothes.

    a ragged fellow

  5. raggedadjective

    Rough; shaggy; rugged.

    What shepherd owns those ragged sheep? - John Dryden.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Raggedadjective

    Etymology: from rag.

    How like a prodigal,
    The skarfed bark puts from her native bay,
    Hugg’d and embraced by the strumpet wind;
    How like the prodigal doth she return
    With over-weather’d ribs and ragged sails,
    Lean, rent, and beggar’d by the strumpet wind. William Shakespeare.

    As I go in this ragged tattered coat, I am hunted away from the old woman’s door by every barking cur. Arbuthnot.

    The earl of Warwick’s ragged staff is yet to be seen pourtrayed in their church steeple. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    That some whirlwind bear
    Unto a ragged, fearful, hanging rock,
    And throw it thence into the raging sea. William Shakespeare.

    The moon appears, when looked upon with a good glass, rude and ragged. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Since noble arts in Rome have no support,
    And ragged virtue not a friend at court. Dryden.

    The wolf would barter away a ragged coat and a raw-boned carcase, for a smooth fat one. Roger L'Estrange.

    What shepherd owns those ragged sheep? Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ragged

    of Rag

  2. Raggednoun

    rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken; as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail

  3. Raggednoun

    broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged; as, ragged rocks

  4. Raggednoun

    hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant

  5. Raggednoun

    wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow

  6. Raggednoun

    rough; shaggy; rugged

  7. Etymology: [From Rag, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ragged

    rag′ed, adj. torn or worn into rags: having a rough edge: ruggedly uneven, jagged: wearing ragged clothes: shabby.—adv. Ragg′edly.—ns. Ragg′edness; Ragg′ed-rob′in, the cuckoo flower; Ragg′ed-sail′or, the prince's feather-plant; Ragg′ed-school, a school for the destitute; Ragg′ed-staff (her.), a knotted stick with short stumps of branches on each side. [Cf. Rag.]

Anagrams for ragged »

  1. dagger

  2. gadger

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ragged in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ragged in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ragged in a Sentence

  1. S Hayakawa:

    How anybody dresses is indicative of his self-concept. If students are dirty and ragged, it indicates they are not interested in tidying up their intellects either.

  2. Romanian Proverb:

    Under a ragged coat lies wisdom.

  3. Charles Lamb:

    For God's sake (I never was more serious) don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print... substitute drunken dog, ragged head, seld-shaven, odd-eyed, stuttering, or any other epithet which truly and properly belongs to the gentleman in question.

  4. Peggy Noonan:

    I love eulogies. They are the most moving kind of speech because they attempt to pluck meaning from the fog, and on short order, when the emotions are still ragged and raw and susceptible to leaps.

  5. Mark Twain:

    My kind of loyalty was to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.

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  • ممزقArabic
  • potrhaný, otrhaný, členitýCzech
  • harapiento, ajadoSpanish
  • epätasainen, rähjäinen, ryysyinen, rosoinenFinnish
  • en lambeaux, enguenillé, déguenilléFrench
  • giobachScottish Gaelic
  • ಚಿಂದಿKannada
  • haveloosDutch
  • obdartyPolish
  • esfarrapado, irregularPortuguese
  • пересечённый, неровный, изорванный, мохнáтый, косматый, изрезанный, рваный, шероховатый, оборванный, зазубренный, лохматый, резкийRussian

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    • A. abash
    • B. transpire
    • C. embellish
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