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

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 The Sky got off to a ragged start in the first quarter, too, but slogged their way back into the lead in the second and found a defensive spark in the third, pushing the advantage to 10 points. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 Getting to the right decision is often ragged and ugly. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 McKenzie finished his ragged start with a dominant sixth inning, retiring the side in order with two strikeouts. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 Through ragged breaths and distressed cries, callers described how one man killed a man and held one woman hostage before shooting and killing her and himself at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Edgewater on Monday. Abigail Hasebroock, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2022 Butterflies floated over stalks of milkweed, and an indigo bunting piped from a treetop at the edge of a ragged field. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 31 July 2022 This is Adam Goldstein’s pitch to Angelenos run ragged by traffic: air taxis. Rachel Urangastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 Outside the hut, children kicked a ragged soccer ball. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 In from of them, below them, came small and ragged white clouds, following one after the other in a northbound parade. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ragged

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Sep 2022

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“Ragged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragged. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for ragged


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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