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adjective rag·ged \ˈra-gəd\

Simple Definition of ragged

  • : having an edge or surface that is not straight or even

  • : in bad condition especially because of being torn

  • : wearing clothes that are torn and in poor condition

Full Definition of ragged

  1. 1 :  roughly unkempt

  2. 2 :  having an irregular edge or outline

  3. 3 a :  torn or worn to tatters b :  worn-out from stress and strain <ran herself ragged>

  4. 4 :  wearing tattered clothes

  5. 5 a :  straggly b :  executed in an irregular or uneven manner c of a sound :  harsh, dissonant

rag·ged·ly adverb
rag·ged·ness noun

Examples of ragged

  1. a boy in ragged jeans

  2. You look a little ragged—did you have a rough week?



14th Century

First Known Use of ragged

14th century

Rhymes with ragged




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