Definition of ragged adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈræɡɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræɡɪd//
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  1. 1(of clothes) old and torn synonym shabby a ragged jacket
  2. 2(of people) wearing old or torn clothes ragged children
  3. 3having an outline, an edge or a surface that is not straight or even ragged clouds a ragged coastline
  4. 4not smooth or controlled I could hear the sound of his ragged breathing. Their performance was still very ragged.
  5. 5(informal) very tired, especially after physical effort More Like This Adjectives ending in –ed pronounced /-ɪd/ aged, beloved, crooked, dogged, learned, naked, ragged, rugged, sacred, wickedSee worksheet.
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse rǫgvathr ‘tufted’ and Norwegian ragget ‘shaggy’.Idioms (informal) to make somebody do a lot of work or make a big effort so that they become tired For 20 minutes the other team ran us ragged.
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