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

Examples of raggedy in a Sentence

a raggedy group of soldiers raggedy urchins playing in the village streets
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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of raggedy was in 1881

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“Raggedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raggedy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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rag·​gedy ˈrag-əd-ē How to pronounce raggedy (audio)
raggedier; raggediest
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