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
5a : straggly
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 DeChambeau gets ragged on for not being well-liked on the PGA Tour. BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2021 Pearl’s plate was already half empty; on the other side, his mother’s breathing had become ragged. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 The ragged soldiers there are fully caught up in the nocturnal war. New York Times, 14 July 2021 The idea of the unconscious, motor of so much twentieth-century culture, is partly a response to experiences at the ragged edges of attention. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 Bojan Bogdanovic was front and center in that regard, going just 2 for 10 for nine ragged points. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 June 2021 But a chance phone call from a stranger alerted Beal to the amazing backstory to this ragged piece of cloth. Phillip Zonkel, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 The track has a kind of mellow feel as the guitars and bass twist around each other under a steady drum shuffle, but the song occasionally swells to something a bit more ragged. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 The only point of anchorage for boats departing from the nearby island of Ventotene, one sea mile off, is an ancient Roman harbor with ragged steps carved out of the rocks. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 4 June 2021

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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 3 Aug. 2021.

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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

Other Words from ragged

raggedly adverb
raggedness noun

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