• A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ragged having an irregular outline "text set with ragged right margins","herded the class into a ragged line"
    • adj ragged worn out from stress or strain "run ragged"
    • adj ragged being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn "clothes as ragged as a scarecrow's","a ragged tramp"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush
Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world
Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ragged Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged; as, ragged rocks.
    • Ragged Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant. "A ragged noise of mirth."
    • Ragged Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken; as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail.
    • Ragged Rough; shaggy; rugged. "What shepherd owns those ragged sheep?"
    • Ragged Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ragged Having a rough shaggy coat, as a horse or sheep; shaggy.
    • ragged Rough, uneven, or rocky, as a sea-bottom.
    • ragged Roughly broken, divided, or disordered; having disjointed parts, or a confusedly irregular surface or outline; jagged; craggy; ruggedly uneven or distorted: often used figuratively.
    • ragged Rent or worn into rags or tatters; tattered; frayed: as, a ragged coat; ragged sails.
    • ragged Wearing torn or frayed clothes; dressed in rags or tatters.
    • ragged Shabby; ill-furnished.
    • ragged In heraldry, same as raguly, especially of anything which is raguly on both sides. See ragged staff, below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ragged rag′ed torn or worn into rags: having a rough edge: ruggedly uneven, jagged: wearing ragged clothes: shabby
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.”
  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.”
  • John Donne
    “Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.”
  • George Farquhar
    “There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.”


From rags to riches - Someone who starts life very poor and makes a fortune goes from rags to riches.
Lose your rag - Is someone loses their rag, they are very angry about something.
Ragged blue line - (USA) This term was used to signify the Union forces (who wore blue uniforms) in the American Civil war .
Rags to riches - Someone who starts life very poor and becomes rich goes from rags to riches.
Red rag to a bull - If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Rag (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Rag.


In literature:

But the ragged ex-President heeded him not.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
He tossed the rags into the fireplace and covered them with ashes.
"The Calico Cat" by Charles Miner Thompson
Even though he was ragged he seemed clean.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home" by Laura Lee Hope
I must have looked like a bundle of rags.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South" by Laura Lee Hope
He ran rabbits, chased through the woods until the scant wardrobe he brought from home was in rags and tatters.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
These were undoubtedly genuine ruffians of the worst type, hungry, blear-eyed and ragged.
"Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
Sometimes girls hurt their ankles an' they have to put a rag 'round 'em.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
She never combed her hair, and what few rags she had on her back hung in filth.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
It was a rag doll with charcoal eyes and red thread worked in for the mouth.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
There was nothing but rags left on her bed, when the policeman had taken the pillow.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin

In poetry:

He raised a ragged standard,
This lonely soul in war,
And called the foe to onset,
With shouts they heard afar.
"The Lost Battle" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
I wonder if ever he guesses
That under the ragged brim
Of his torn straw hat I am peeping
To steal a look at him.
"The Ploughboy" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Last night a beggar crouched alone,
A ragged helpless thing;
I set him on a moonbeam throne —
Today he is a king.
"Madness" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
O, if this Love might cloak with rags His glory,
Laugh, eat and drink, and dwell with suffering men,
Sit with us at our hearth, and hear our story,
This world--we thought--might be transfigured then.
"Victory" by Alfred Noyes
Who cares that his verse is a beggar in art
If you see through its rags the full throb of his heart?
Who asks if his comrade is battered and tanned
When he feels his warm soul in the clasp of his hand?
"An Impromptu" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Little beggar children, with your little ragged dresses,
Does love atone for joys unknown by beautiful caresses?
Or, do you live in happy homes as dear, perhaps, as this is,
And do you know that, come or go, you'll meet with eager kisses?
"A Child's Thought" by Menella Bute Smedley

In news:

For Friday's Portugal-Brazil soccer match, Manny Goncavles wore a Portuguese flag do-rag, and his team's conservative red-and-forest green jersey.
Neil Young and Jonathan Demme's Ragged Glories.
View full size Rags & Riches.
The canvas is torn and ragged, exposing the raw, blistered skin within.
Minnesota Vikings try to shake ragged effort vs Bears with Packers up next.
'Here Comes the Boom' a little ragged but still entertaining.
Whalers run ragged by North Haven.
Memphis Grizzlies open training camp with spirited, if ragged , session.
Rags-to-riches billionaire 's debt woes mount.
Rags-to-riches billionaire 's credit crunch.
Rags-to-riches billionaire 's debt woes.
Kingsford and Gladstone combined for 56 turnovers in a ragged Great Northern Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.
Around & About Theater: 'Fierce Play' Series by Ragged Wing Ensemble.
Exercise rider Peter Brette takes Kentucky Derby entrant Union Rags for a workout at Churchill Downs May 2, 2012, in Louisville, Ky.
Mr Bolcom has also made classic recordings of rags.

In science:

Let p = tp( ˆf )(= Lstp( ˆf )), q = tp(ˆg ), r = tp(ˆh) and let Γq (uv ) = q(u) ∧ q(v ) ∧ u ⌣| v . (Later we shall omit q in Γq .) Now we can think of ˆh as a multi-valued function such that dom(ˆh) = tp(ˆa/ˆh) = Lstp(ˆa/ˆh) and rag (ˆh) = Lstp(ˆb/ˆh).
Constructing the hyperdefinable group from the group configuration
The ragged structure signifies that there are systematic variations of nuclear stability with nucleon number, some nucleonic numbers allowing for a greater variety of stable configurations of higher binding energy.
Introduction to Astronomy with Radioactivity
In what follow W RAG(m, n) will be Wheel Random Apollonian Graph where m, n ∈ N where m ≥ 4, n > m. V will indicate the set of vertices, E the set of edges of the W RAG(m, n).
Wheel Random Apollonian Graphs
The starting point of a W RAG(Wm (v0 ) is a wheel graph that has m vertices at every step we add to the set of vertex V a new vertex till the n − m final step so we totally have m + (n − m) = n vertices.
Wheel Random Apollonian Graphs
Theorem 12 Let W RAG(m, n) a Wheel Random Apol lonian Graph of order n with seed m, then W RAG(m, n) is Hamiltonian.
Wheel Random Apollonian Graphs