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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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 ragged sole of the Louisiana boot is nearly gone. Anne Mcclintock, Teen Vogue, "The Last Teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles, An Island Climate Change Is Washing Away," 11 Feb. 2020 At another point, a page put a piece of paper with ragged edges such as those from a ripped notebook, on Murkowski's desk. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Murkowski and other moderate senators team up at Trump impeachment trial," 31 Jan. 2020 The Argentine was found wanting for both of Adama Traore's late strikes, being run ragged for the first and way out of position for the second. SI.com, "Ederson Rues Loss of Aymeric Laporte to Injury as Man City Defensive Cracks Begin to Show," 8 Oct. 2019 But the ragged facade hid within it a teenage dream: two vintage arcade games, a Sega Genesis and a wrestling ring. San Francisco Chronicle, "Wrestler Drugz Bunny prepares to enter the ring during a Hoodslam event at Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland.," 18 Jan. 2020 The Spaniard ran Bratislava's left back ragged and gave Wolves an outlet, which is what was needed after a sluggish first half. SI.com, "Slovan Bratislava 1-2 Wolves: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Wanderers Come From Behind to Win," 24 Oct. 2019 What are the links between his growing desperation and his increasingly ragged appearance—and what, besides straight-up misogyny, is behind his desire for Tiny to fail? Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, "Rion Amilcar Scott on Haircutting and Intimacy," 30 Sep. 2019 Wiry and squirrelly, with a voice slightly more ragged but still holding strong, J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf opened the show with a spirited set of Stonesy rock, electric blues and old-school frat-party music. BostonGlobe.com, "The Who," 15 Sep. 2019 In either version, its raw, ragged evocation of a day in the life of some extraordinarily compelling travelers sweeps you up with an almost visceral force. Los Angeles Times, "Oscar voting begins today. Here is film critic Justin Chang’s dream ballot," 2 Jan. 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/raggedest. Accessed 23 Feb. 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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