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. "A ragged noise of mirth."

4. Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow.

5. Rough; shaggy; rugged.

<botany> "What shepherd owns those ragged sheep ?" (Dryden) Ragged lady, 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. Rag"gedly, Rag"gedness.

Origin: From Rag.

(01 Mar 1998)

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