rag·​ged | \ ˈra-gəd How to pronounce ragged (audio) \

Definition of ragged

1 : roughly unkempt
2 : having an irregular edge or outline
3a : torn or worn to tatters
b : worn-out from stress and strain ran herself ragged
4 : wearing tattered clothes
b : executed in an irregular or uneven manner
c of a sound : harsh, dissonant

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Other Words from ragged

raggedly adverb
raggedness noun

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Examples of ragged in a Sentence

a boy in ragged jeans You look a little ragged—did you have a rough week?
Recent Examples on the Web Heading into the restart, many experts feared there could be some ragged play in Orlando after the four-month shutdown. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ Derrick White drawing charge after charge in Orlando," 6 Aug. 2020 That meant noticeably ragged play across the league in the first few games of the regular season. Tim Dahlberg, The Denver Post, "Dahlberg: Player safety a cost of an expanded NFL season," 30 Jan. 2020 This is also the season when annuals can get a bit ragged. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how to keep up your enthusiasm for your garden through the dog days of summer days," 4 Aug. 2019 Elvis Costello can get away with a ragged performance on his bed, but try replacing the Jupiter Symphony at Severance Hall with a violin sonata on an iPhone. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Entertainers promised to see us through the quarantine. Even they are running out of steam.," 10 July 2020 And journalists are running ragged trying to cover it all. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Science by press release: When the story gets ahead of the science," 27 June 2020 The North American gold rushes of the 19th century attracted thousands of ragged prospectors and about the same number of thieves. Charlotte Gray, WSJ, "‘A Most Wicked Conspiracy’ Review: Other People’s Gold Dust," 24 June 2020 Its 1:9 twist was at the ragged edge for stabilizing the newest, highest B.C. bullets. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: It’s All About Understanding Rifle Twist Rates," 24 June 2020 Do not run yourself ragged, or your psychological health could suffer. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of ragged

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ragged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragged. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


rag·​ged | \ ˈra-gəd How to pronounce ragged (audio) \

Kids Definition of ragged

1 : having a rough or uneven edge or outline ragged cliffs
2 : very worn-out : tattered ragged clothes
3 : wearing very worn-out clothes
4 : done in an uneven way a ragged performance

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raggedly adverb
raggedness noun

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