Definition of ragged in English:


Line breaks: rag¦ged
Pronunciation: /ˈragɪd


  • 2Having a rough or irregular surface or edge: a ragged coastline
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    • 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 ponies
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    • 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.
  • 2.2 Printing (Especially of a right margin) uneven because the lines are unjustified.
  • 3Lacking finish, smoothness, or uniformity: the ragged discipline of the players
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    • 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.
    disorganized, in disarray, confused, in confusion, disordered, disorderly; muddled, jumbled, in a muddle/jumble, straggling, straggly, fragmented
  • 3.1(Of a sound) not controlled; uneven: his breathing became ragged
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    • 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 eyes
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    • 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 ragged
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  • 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'.

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