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rag

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noun \ˈrag\

Definition of rag

  1. 1 a :  a waste piece of cloth b plural :  clothes usually in poor or ragged condition c :  clothing <the rag trade>

  2. 2 :  something resembling a rag

  3. 3 :  newspaper; especially :  a sleazy newspaper

Origin and Etymology of rag

Middle English ragge, from Old English *ragg, from Old Norse rǫgg tuft, shagginess


First Known Use: 14th century


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rag

noun

Definition of rag

  1. 1 :  any of various hard rocks

  2. 2 :  a large roofing slate that is rough on one side

Origin and Etymology of rag

Middle English ragge


First Known Use: 14th century

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rag

verb

Definition of rag

ragged

play \ˈragd\

ragging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rail at :  scold

  3. 2 :  torment, tease

rag on

  1. :  to make fun of

Examples of rag in a sentence

  1. <several readers called in to rag the editor for his paper's repeated grammatical lapses>

Origin and Etymology of rag

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1739


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rag

noun

Definition of rag

chiefly British

  1. :  an outburst of boisterous fun; also :  prank

1864

First Known Use of rag

1864


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rag

noun

Definition of rag

  1. :  a composition in ragtime

Origin and Etymology of rag

short for ragtime


First Known Use: 1897



RAG Defined for English Language Learners


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rag

verb

Definition of rag for English Language Learners

  • : to laugh at and make jokes about (someone) ( US )


RAG Defined for Kids

rag

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noun \ˈrag\

Definition of rag for Students

  1. 1 :  a worn piece of cloth

  2. 2 rags plural :  shabby or very worn clothing <The child is dressed in rags.>



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