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

  • adj. Tattered or worn-out; ragged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Torn, ragged or tattered.
  • adj. Wearing such clothes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a ragged appearance; ragged. Also raggety.


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  • And the moment will come when composure returns
    Put a face on the world, turn your back to the wall
    And you walk twenty yards with your head in the air
    Down the Liberty Hill, where the fashion brigade
    Look with curious eyes on your raggedy way
    And for once in your life you have nothing to say
    And could this be the time when somebody will come
    To say, "Look at yourself, you're not much use to anyone".

    Sleep the clock around, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 12, 2008