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ragged adj
1 being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn; "clothes as ragged as a scarecrow's"; "a ragged tramp"
2 worn out from stress or strain; "run ragged"
3 having an irregular outline; "text set with ragged right margins"; "herded the class into a ragged line"rag


1 a small piece of cloth or paper [syn: shred, tag, tag end, tatter]
2 a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities [syn: rag week]
3 music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano) [syn: ragtime]
4 newspaper with half-size pages [syn: tabloid, sheet]
5 a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)


1 treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher" [syn: torment, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate]
2 cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil]
3 play in ragtime; "rag that old tune"
4 harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie" [syn: tease, razz, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride]
5 censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]
6 break into lumps before sorting; "rag ore" [also: ragging, ragged]ragged See rag

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From rag


  • (verb form): răgd, /rægd/, /r

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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