rag·​pick·​er | \ ˈrag-ˌpi-kər How to pronounce ragpicker (audio) \

Definition of ragpicker

: one who collects rags and refuse for a livelihood

Examples of ragpicker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By situating—or isolating—words, phrases, and sentences in unexpected ways, Jacob gives a surprising weight and importance to a key, a ragpicker, a group of smiling men, three mushrooms, or a Neapolitan beggar. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 25 Feb. 2021 Plastics also support thousands employed informally such as ragpickers as well as street food and market vendors who are reliant on single-use plastic. Manveena Suri, CNN, 3 Oct. 2019 His figures aren’t gleaners or ragpickers or serfs or slaves. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 22 June 2019 A few hundred thousand people earn money from being ragpickers in Delhi. New York Times, 10 June 2018 Political will to find a solution is weakened because of ragpickers who live in nearby slums and remove plastic from the dumps. New York Times, 10 June 2018 Bangladesh may be able to copy India which, despite its 1.3bn people, falls outside the top ten thanks to armies of ragpickers. The Economist, 1 Mar. 2018 The chic type might go to a pricier boutique like Screaming Mimi’s or Gypsy Mens NY — or turn to local ragpickers and craftspeople who now specialize in creating Burning Man costumes. Annie Correal, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ragpicker

1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ragpicker was in 1680

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“Ragpicker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragpicker. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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