rag·​gedy | \ ˈra-gə-dē How to pronounce raggedy (audio) \
raggedier; raggediest

Definition of raggedy

: ragged

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Examples of raggedy in a Sentence

a raggedy group of soldiers raggedy urchins playing in the village streets
Recent Examples on the Web Back in the day, Arizona represented the raggedy edge of the frontier. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona ghost-town road trip: 5 former boomtowns worth the drive. Here's how to see them," 17 Mar. 2021 Drew was supposed to sing at the wedding but has basically lost her voice, which definitely sounds raggedy AF over the phone. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," 14 Mar. 2021 The first half features Kenny's deadened sing-song over a gurgling 808, blinking synths, and raggedy nu-metal guitars. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Friday Five: Lucy Dacus' vengeful coolness, Chika's cinderella story, and more," 12 Mar. 2021 Their early efforts were on the raggedy side of scrappy. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "In Tunisia, Some Wonder if the Revolution Was Worth It," 19 Jan. 2021 There was nothing especially raggedy or vague about the poll watchers’ affidavits. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Real Republican Radicals," 31 Dec. 2020 The president's raggedy gang of dead-enders are still pressing for the election to be overturned in increasingly extravagant ways. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Rabid Illiberalism of Trump’s Desperate Election Deniers," 9 Dec. 2020 The Cowboys' biggest problems are their raggedy defense and a prolific mistake-prone offense. Dallas News, "An uncomfortable truth about the Cowboys will crystallize vs. Giants if Dallas doesn’t do something about it," 6 Oct. 2020 My plan, however, lives on a piece of raggedy looseleaf paper. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "How a Good Day and Bad Day Plan Might Help You During the Pandemic," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of raggedy

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of raggedy was in 1881

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21 Mar 2021

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“Raggedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raggedy. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of raggedy

informal : not in good condition


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