Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Shaggy or unkempt; ragged.
  • adjective Diverse and disorderly in appearance or composition.

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  • adjective Unkempt, shabby, or in a state of disrepair.
  • adjective Very diverse; comprised of irregular and dissimilar components.

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  • noun disparaging terms for the common people

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Examples

  • I always thought the word ragtag best applied to the Mahdi Army.

    Wednesday, April 02, 2008

  • I always thought the word ragtag best applied to the Mahdi Army.

    Wednesday, April 30, 2008

  • At the present time, I would say that the vast majority of rebel forces that have been deployed in what is commonly referred to as ‘Free Libya’ can be described as 'ragtag.'

    Analysts: Libya Faces Possible Military Stalemate

  • At the present time, I would say that the vast majority of rebel forces that have been deployed in what is commonly referred to as ‘Free Libya’ can be described as 'ragtag.'

    Analysts: Libya Faces Possible Military Stalemate

  • It started out as just a handful of protesters near Wall Street - the sort of demonstration folks describe as "ragtag"... "disorganized."

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Last week when USA Today called the Occupiers a "ragtag assortment of college kids, labor unionists, conspiracy theorists and others" hinting they're a flash-in-the-pan "devoid of remedies," I smiled, reminded of that famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas 1776, leading what historians also called a "ragtag" Continental Army, surprising the British, and winning the Battle of Trenton.

    MarketWatch.com - Top Stories

  • Have you heard about the new national political organization called a ragtag collection of journalists, pundits, and politicians who claim they support civility in campaigning and bipartisanship in government.

    Crooks and Liars

  • This "ragtag" country should be long gone by now, but isn't??

    Obama: Bush and McCain 'have a lot to answer for'

  • But as we cruised breezily down the car-free streets, meeting up with other wheeled university contingents, a kind of ragtag mass euphoria built with each addition to the ranks.

    MAY 10 DEMO OF TEN THOUSAND BICYCLES

  • But as we cruised breezily down the car-free streets, meeting up with other wheeled university contingents, a kind of ragtag mass euphoria built with each addition to the ranks.

    Archive 2009-05-09

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  • WeirdNet, that's kind of cute and snobby at the same time.

    August 4, 2009

  • When you donate your unused clothes, the people who wear them won't be called ragtag anymore.

    August 4, 2009