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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tattered, frayed, or torn: ragged clothes.
  • adj. Dressed in tattered or threadbare clothes: a ragged scarecrow.
  • adj. Unkempt or shaggy: ragged hair.
  • adj. Having an irregular surface or edge; uneven or jagged in outline: a column of text set with a ragged right margin.
  • adj. Imperfect; uneven: The actor gave a ragged performance.
  • adj. Harsh; rasping: a ragged cough.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of rag.
  • adj. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken.
  • adj. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged.
  • adj. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant.
  • adj. Wearing tattered clothes.
  • adj. Rough; shaggy; rugged.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken
  • adj. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged.
  • adj. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant.
  • adj. Wearing tattered clothes.
  • adj. Rough; shaggy; rugged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a rough shaggy coat, as a horse or sheep; shaggy.
  • Rough, uneven, or rocky, as a sea-bottom.
  • Roughly broken, divided, or disordered; having disjointed parts, or a confusedly irregular surface or outline; jagged; craggy; ruggedly uneven or distorted: often used figuratively.
  • Rent or worn into rags or tatters; tattered; frayed: as, a ragged coat; ragged sails.
  • Wearing torn or frayed clothes; dressed in rags or tatters.
  • Shabby; ill-furnished.
  • In heraldry, same as raguly, especially of anything which is raguly on both sides. See ragged staff, below.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. worn out from stress or strain
  • adj. having an irregular outline
  • adj. being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn

Etymologies

Middle English, from ragge, rag; see rag1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From rag (Wiktionary)

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