ragged

adjective rag·ged \ ˈra-gəd \

Definition of ragged

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

raggedly

adverb

raggedness

noun

Examples of ragged in a Sentence

  1. a boy in ragged jeans

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

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First Known Use of ragged

14th century



RAGGED Defined for English Language Learners

ragged

adjective

Definition of ragged for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RAGGED Defined for Kids

ragged

adjective rag·ged \ ˈra-gəd \

Definition of ragged for Students

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

raggedly

adverb

raggedness

noun


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