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Recent Examples of ragamuffin from the Web
This world teems with joyous Lower East Side ragamuffins, outfitted by costume designer Carol Sorensen.
Baker’s new exploitation mode includes lurid, nursery-school pastels and ragamuffin kids who curse, vandalize, and set fires.
Ragamuffins comfortably seats 49 people on the main level with additional meeting space downstairs.
RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS Hard to believe the Gophers EVER lost to these ragamuffins.
And Derek Klena as cavalier hunk and all-around ragamuffin Dmitry.
Ragamuffins gets its coffee from La Colombe Coffee Roasters headquartered in Philadelphia.
Tuinstra said the City Council has mentioned meeting at Ragamuffins for coffee.
While still in his teens, Pacino became one of the ragamuffins loitering outside the HB Studio on Bank Street in Greenwich Village, waiting for acting class to start.
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Did You Know?
If you’ve guessed that rag or ragged is related to ragamuffin, you may be correct, but the origins of the word are somewhat murky. In Middle English the term functioned both as a surname and generically to denote a ragged and sometimes stupid person, and in the Middle English alliterative poem Piers Plowman William Langland used the word to serve as the name of a demon. The muffin part of ragamuffin may have its origin in either of two Anglo-Norman words for a devil or scoundrel, but that too is uncertain. No matter its muddied history: the word has continued to develop in modern times. It can also refer to a type of music with rap lyrics and a reggae beat, a meaning that can be found at Merriam-Webster Unabridged.
RAGAMUFFIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ragamuffin for English Language Learners
: a child who is dressed in rags and is usually dirty and poor
RAGAMUFFIN Defined for Kids
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