rag·​man ˈrag-ˌman How to pronounce ragman (audio)
: a man who collects or deals in rags

Example Sentences

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, 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, 4 Oct. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ragman was in 1649

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“Ragman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragman. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


rag·​man ˈrag-ˌman How to pronounce ragman (audio)
: a collector of or dealer in rags
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