rag·​man | \ ˈrag-ˌman How to pronounce ragman (audio) \

Definition of ragman

: a man who collects or deals in rags

Examples of ragman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father worked as a ragman (hence the title of Mr. Douglas’s autobiography) who never was able to crack the American dream and took out his frustrations on his son. Jay Carr, BostonGlobe.com, "Kirk Douglas, intense star of dozens of movies, dies at 103," 5 Feb. 2020 Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, has proved a fine ragman by picking players off scrap heaps. The New York Times, New York Times, "October Baseball: Our Writers Make Their Picks (and a Few Jokes)," 4 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of ragman

1649, in the meaning defined above

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“Ragman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragman. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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