tag, rag, and bobtail


variants or tagrag and bobtail
: rabble

Example Sentences

in an apparent effort to keep out the city's tag, rag, and bobtail, the restaurant charges royally high prices for mediocre food

Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tag, rag, and bobtail was in 1645

Dictionary Entries Near tag, rag, and bobtail

Cite this Entry

“Tag, rag, and bobtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tag%2C%20rag%2C%20and%20bobtail. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.