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rag·a·muf·fin

or rag·ga·muf·fin  (răg′ə-mŭf′ĭn)
n.
A shabbily clothed, dirty child.

[Middle English Ragamuffyn, a personal name : probably raggi, ragged (from ragge, rag; see rag1) + Middle Dutch moffel, muffe, mitten; see muff2.]

ragamuffin

(ˈræɡəˌmʌfɪn)
n
1. a ragged unkempt person, esp a child
2. (Pop Music) another name for ragga
[C14 Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman (1393); probably based on rag1]

rag•a•muf•fin

(ˈræg əˌmʌf ɪn)

n.
1. a child in ragged, ill-fitting, dirty clothes.
2. a ragged, disreputable person.
[1350–1400; Middle English Ragamoffyn, name of a demon in the poem Piers Plowman]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ragamuffin - a dirty shabbily clothed urchinragamuffin - a dirty shabbily clothed urchin  
urchin - poor and often mischievous city child

ragamuffin

noun urchin, gamin, guttersnipe, scarecrow (informal), tatterdemalion (rare), street Arab (offensive) two ragamuffins with a torch

ragamuffin

noun
A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing:
Translations
شَخْص قَذِر ورثُّ الثِّياب
špindíra
bumsgadebarn
utcagyerek
ræfill; tötralegt barn
driskiusskarmalius
skrandainis
ufúľanec
kir pas içinde çocuk

ragamuffin

[ˈrægəˌmʌfɪn] Ngranuja mf

ragamuffin

nVogelscheuche f (inf); (boy) → Bengel m; (girl) → Göre f; you little ragamuffindu kleiner Fratz

ragamuffin

[ˈrægəˌmʌfɪn] n (old) → monello/a

ragamuffin

(ˈrӕgəmafin) noun
a ragged, dirty person, especially a child.
References in classic literature ?
If all the pupils are little ragamuffins, I'm afraid your crop won't be profitable in a worldly sense, Mr.
He complained loudly of having his ship lumbered by a host of "Indian ragamuffins," who had not a skin to dispose of, and at length put his positive interdict upon all trafficking on board.
Will and Geordie were sprawling on the sofa, deep in the adventures of the scapegraces and ragamuffins whose histories are now the fashion.
Even Ruth was hurt, for she had some regard for appearances, and her lover, cheek by jowl with Maria, at the head of that army of Portuguese ragamuffins, was not a pretty sight.
It was known that the slut deceived Cronshaw with the most worthless ragamuffins of the Quarter, and it was a mystery to the ingenuous youths who absorbed his wisdom over a cafe table that Cronshaw with his keen intellect and his passion for beauty could ally himself to such a creature.
When we go out o' doors, such a set of ragamuffins comes a- shouting after us, "Gordon forever
They called her a little `blue' ragamuffin, father," said Harry, who ran in looking very angry; "but I have given it to them; they won't insult my sister again.
I can see the chandeliers, and the green silk of the piano, and Mamma sitting in her cashmere shawl by the window, singing till the little ragamuffin boys outside stopped to listen.
My view of it," he flamed out, bringing his clenched hand down upon the table as if he had been in a public house dicing with blackguards--"my view of it is that it was a characteristically dastardly assassination by that damned traitor, Washington, and his ragamuffin rebels
Give that beggar something" (a crooked-backed ragamuffin had approached to stare at us).
For this exploit the ragamuffin is lauding him to the skies.
The devil fetch ye, ye ragamuffin rapscallions; ye are all asleep.