- 1(Of cloth or clothes) old and torn: a rough-looking man wearing ragged clothesMore example sentences
- An women in ragged cloths with one dirty infant in her arms approaches my car which stopped at a red light in Shahbag.
- All she wore was a ragged shirt that was torn at the sleeves and the abdomen, exposing a strip of pale skin around her slender waist.
- A street artist, dressed in a ragged canvas jacket and a simple blue felt hat is drawing on the sidewalk with chalk.
- 1.1Wearing old and torn clothes: a ragged childMore example sentences
- They were a ragged bunch, wearing clothes that looked as if they hadn't seen a good wash in weeks at best.
- He was a ragged decrepit old man blinking in amazement as a silver ship descends into the valley, landing gently beside the lake.
- A group of fierce, ragged men stood at the edge of the field, staring but not moving.
- 2Having a rough or irregular surface or edge: a ragged coastlineMore example sentences
- The war had begun six months earlier, and by now the fighting had narrowed down to the ragged eastern edge of the country.
- However, because of the ragged surface, the meshwork structure can be observed only on the inner shell surface.
- See your doctor when the border or the edge of the mole is not smooth but irregular or ragged.
- 2.1(Of an animal) having a rough, shaggy coat: a pair of ragged poniesMore example sentences
- His imagination was fevered, he thought of himself as a knight from a bygone era and moved around like one, riding a ragged horse.
- A ragged pigeon with one scabby leg is slouching wearily on my window-sill.
- Her shaggy, ragged coat, thick with its winter growth, was still not enough to keep out the biting cold that had come with last night's ice storm.
- 3Lacking finish, smoothness, or uniformity: the ragged discipline of the playersMore example sentences
- Hawick were also made to pay for some ragged discipline on 20 minutes when their captain Roddy Deans was sin-binned for a late tackle.
- If you watch warm-ups at the typical age group meet, you'll see much more ragged than smooth movement.
- From a production standpoint, the album is crisp enough to sustain the songs, yet lacking just enough fidelity to complement his ragged delivery.
- 3.1(Of a sound) not controlled; uneven: his breathing became raggedMore example sentences
- They carried Kharasil up the corridors in a wave of nervous chatter, the ragged sound of a giggle falling obscenely in the narrow space.
- Blanche gasped, a ragged sound, her fair, trembling hand jumping to cover her mouth.
- The ragged sound of tapping valves beneath the dusty hoods of several trucks fills the air, which smells strongly of diesel fuel.
- 4Suffering from exhaustion or stress: he looked a little ragged, a little shadowy beneath the eyesMore example sentences
- I was surprised she hadn't hospitalized my brothers; they both looked ragged and haunted and exhausted.
- The three children's playtime was interrupted as an exhausted and ragged looking lady barged out from the bushes.
- Looking at the team she realized just how ragged and exhausted everyone was.
run someone ragged
- Exhaust someone by making them undertake a lot of physical activity: for 20 minutes Middlesbrough ran us raggedMore example sentences
- O'Driscoll was continuing to run Listowel ragged and the inevitable happened in the 26th minute when Camp scored again.
- Despite admitting that he was run ragged by playing basketball with the kids, he said he was considering making it an annual event for the future.
- There were certain areas where we had youths in gangs of 20 or 25 causing serious problems for residents and running us ragged.
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- When we walked out of his house that day, I looked around me, at the raggedly dressed people hovering in the spaces between buildings, their lean-to hovels barely visible behind them.
- In the distance, you can see other camps rising raggedly out of the moraine, each looking like it has just been through a ruinous siege.
- He registers the first tug of loss as she strides on, hair flapping raggedly behind her over the collar of her blue jacket.
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- The film had the conspicuous raggedness of a work hijacked by circumstance.
- Yet for all its raggedness, this tree has an air of captivating beauty, especially when it's fragile blooms veil it in white mists
- Though the stop at the inn had allowed a chance to clean up somewhat there were still smut staining on their clothing and a raggedness about them.
Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse rǫgvathr 'tufted' and Norwegian ragget 'shaggy'.