from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a ragged manner, unevenly, especially not in unison

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a ragged condition or manner; roughly; brokenly.

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

  • adv. in a ragged uneven manner
  • adv. in a ragged irregular manner
  • adv. with a ragged and uneven appearance


ragged +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


  • As I crouch down, senses overloading my brain like an ocean liner bearing down on a rowboat, I notice in a vaguely disembodied way that one of the vanes on my nocked arrow has come halfway unglued and now hangs raggedly from the shaft.

    Stalking Monster Mule Deer in Montana by Bill Heavey

  • We have three or four raggedly curious winds attached to our flag pole playing their various musical instruments all around us like circus performers on their way to market.

    I’m afraid you may have made some

  • The stereotypical mentally ill person is a raggedly dressed man or woman muttering to him or herself, pushing a supermarket cart loaded with old clothes and plastic bags along the sidewalk.

    Henry’s Demons

  • They rioted monstrously over his face and fell raggedly to his chest, but failed to hide the great hollowed cheeks or the twisted mouth.

    CHAPTER 22

  • She let her head rest on my shoulder, and I exhaled raggedly, overcome with sheer desire.


  • Her hair was cut raggedly above her ears, as if it had been done with a knife.

    Crimson Wind

  • An increasingly absurd fable of raggedly carny folk taking Byzantine Mousetrap-style revenge on a spiralling arms industry, Micmacs is stuffed full of winches, pulleys, gears, cogs and even cannons out of which our feisty misfits are shot.

    The Princess and the Frog; Alice in Wonderland; Mimacs; Extraordinary Measures; The Last Station

  • If anyone should need a reminder that no one before or since has sounded as louche and limber, so raggedly majestic, they should watch the Stones playing "Loving Cup" live on their subsequent American tour.

    The Stones and the true story of Exile on Main St

  • “Henry,” I said raggedly, without breaking the gaze of the pack leader, the first and last man who had held me down, so many years ago.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Cody, dripping with sweat, his gray T-shirt soaked and clinging to his muscular chest, jogged raggedly after him.

    Songs of Love & Death


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