rag

noun (1)
\ ˈrag How to pronounce rag (audio) \

Definition of rag

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a waste piece of cloth
b rags plural : clothes usually in poor or ragged condition
c : clothing the rag trade
2 : something resembling a rag
3 : newspaper especially : a sleazy newspaper

rag

noun (2)

Definition of rag (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : any of various hard rocks
2 : a large roofing slate that is rough on one side

rag

verb
ragged\ ˈragd How to pronounce rag (audio) \; ragging

Definition of rag (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to rail at : scold
2 : torment, tease
rag on
: to make fun of

rag

noun (3)

Definition of rag (Entry 4 of 5)

chiefly British
: an outburst of boisterous fun also : prank

rag

noun (4)

Definition of rag (Entry 5 of 5)

: a composition in ragtime

Examples of rag in a Sentence

Verb several readers called in to rag the editor for his paper's repeated grammatical lapses

First Known Use of rag

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1825, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rag

Noun (1)

Middle English ragge, from Old English *ragg, from Old Norse rǫgg tuft, shagginess

Noun (2)

Middle English ragge

Verb

origin unknown

Noun (4)

short for ragtime

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“Rag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rag. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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rag

noun
\ ˈrag How to pronounce rag (audio) \

Kids Definition of rag

1 : a worn piece of cloth
2 rags plural : shabby or very worn clothing The child is dressed in rags.

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