Rag v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ragged p. pr. & vb. n. Ragging ] To become tattered. [Obs.]
1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken; as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail.
2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged; as, ragged rocks.
3. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant. [R.] “A ragged noise of mirth.”
4. Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow.
5. Rough; shaggy; rugged.
What shepherd owns those ragged sheep? --Dryden.
Ragged lady Bot., the fennel flower (Nigella Damascena).
Ragged robin Bot., a plant of the genus Lychnis (Lychnis Flos-cuculi), cultivated for its handsome flowers, which have the petals cut into narrow lobes.
Ragged sailor Bot., prince's feather (Polygonum orientale).
Ragged school, a free school for poor children, where they are taught and in part fed; -- a name given at first because they came in their common clothing. [Eng.]
-- Rag*ged*ly, adv. -- Rag*ged*ness, n.
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"
n 1: a small piece of cloth or paper [syn: shred, tag, tag
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:
4: newspaper with half-size pages [syn: tabloid, sheet]
5: a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
v 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,
6: break into lumps before sorting; "rag ore"
[also: ragging, ragged]