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Definition of ragged adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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
  6. Idioms
    run somebody ragged (informal)
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    to make someone do a lot of work or make a big effort so that they become tired For 20 minutes the other team ran us ragged.
adverb raggedly dressed She was breathing raggedly.
noun [uncountable]
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