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

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a raggedy group of soldiers raggedy urchins playing in the village streets
Recent Examples on the Web Just save whatever pieces came out whole (and eat the stuck scraps), trim off their raggedy edges and wrap them up to gift. Los Angeles Times, "This perfect pound cake goes back to basics," 23 Apr. 2020 Had our first glimpses of Mad Men’s Don Draper or Scandal’s Olivia Pope caught them in cutoffs and a raggedy souvenir T-shirt from spring break, their world-beating dominance might not have been as evident. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back," 13 Apr. 2020 At one point Rogers tries to communicate with a distraught Lloyd through his alter-ego, a raggedy puppet known as Daniel Tiger. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," 22 Nov. 2019 Up and down the Vegas strip, a whole raggedy army of them, marching in flipflops and sun hats. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Judge, if You Must, but Curb the Glee: Notes from Las Vegas," 18 July 2019 Photos taken by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) showed a raggedy wolf-like creature with some slightly unusual features. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "DNA test solves mystery of wolf-like creature shot in Montana," 18 June 2018 There’s no question that a raggedy band of people with guns could fight the government. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 Get our daily newsletter MOBILE, Alabama, lies at the raggedy end of the American mainland, amid a boggy landscape of swamp and forest where five rivers empty into the sea. The Economist, "The story of one of the last slaves imported to America," 10 May 2018 From mumblecore-style low-budget comedies like Humpday to more mainstream efforts like Laggies, Shelton has always held on to a raggedy sort of realism, drawing out major story details from small personal interactions. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Edie Falco Anchors the Romantic Drama of Outside In," 31 Mar. 2018

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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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27 Apr 2020

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“Raggedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raggedy. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of raggedy

informal : not in good condition


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