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Syllabification: rag·a·muf·fin
Pronunciation: /ˈraɡəˌməfən

Definition of ragamuffin in English:


1A person, typically a child, in ragged, dirty clothes.
Example sentences
  • Why had she even gone with the dirty little ragamuffin?
  • ‘We turned up like little raggamuffins,’ she recalled.
  • I once met Keegan at Heathrow and he took the time out to have a talk with four ragamuffins, when some would have just walked past and ignored us.
2 (also raggamuffin) chiefly British An exponent or follower of ragga, typically one dressing in ragged clothes.
Example sentences
  • In addition to the chic sound of Paris which Solaar himself is most closely aligned to, there are groups like IAM which lead Marseille in its edgier, more recognisably ragamuffin style.
  • He has the makings of a male model underneath his ragamuffin dreads.
  • Our own raggamuffins and slow-track rhythm artistes are leading us to an uneasy future.
2.1 another term for ragga.
Example sentences
  • A distinctive musical syncretism also emerged among the Italian rap groups that pushed out the parameters of hip hop and more often than not became fused with raggamuffin reggae, dance hall, and ska influences.
  • A broad variety of musical inflections ranging from hard-core rap to reggae and raggamuffin distinguish French rap from U.S. rap and give it features more in common with British and Italian hip hop.
  • French-speaking blacks from the Caribbean launched ragamuffin - a musical form influenced by reggae and its associated musical styles - in France.


Middle English: probably based on rag1, with a fanciful suffix.

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