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1. Tattered, frayed, or torn: ragged clothes.
2. Dressed in tattered or threadbare clothes: a ragged scarecrow.
3. Unkempt or shaggy: ragged hair.
4. Having an irregular surface or edge; uneven or jagged in outline: a column of text set with a ragged right margin.
5. Imperfect; uneven: The actor gave a ragged performance.
6. Harsh; rasping: a ragged cough.
7. Exhausted or worn out: Don't run yourself ragged preparing for the holidays.

[Middle English, from ragge, rag; see rag1.]

rag′ged·ly adv.
rag′ged·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.raggedness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and unevenraggedness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
texture - the feel of a surface or a fabric; "the wall had a smooth texture"
scaliness - the property of being scaly
nubbiness, tweediness, coarseness - looseness or roughness in texture (as of cloth)
slub, burl, knot - soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
abrasiveness, harshness, scratchiness - the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
graininess, granularity, coarseness - the quality of being composed of relatively large particles
shagginess - roughness of nap produced by long woolly hairs
bumpiness - the texture of a surface that has many bumps
bristliness, prickliness, spininess, thorniness - the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
2.raggedness - shabbiness by virtue of being in rags
manginess, seediness, shabbiness, sleaziness - a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing
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(rӕg) noun
a piece of old, torn or worn cloth. I'll polish my bike with this old rag.
ˈragged (ˈrӕgid) adjective
1. dressed in old, worn or torn clothing. a ragged beggar.
2. torn. ragged clothes.
3. rough or uneven; not straight or smooth. a ragged edge.
ˈraggedly adverb
ˈraggedness noun
rags noun plural
old, worn or torn clothes. The beggar was dressed in rags.
References in classic literature ?
Of all the beggar-men that I had seen or fancied, he was the chief for raggedness.
She wore every day the same ugly brown dress, with the mud of the last wet day still caked on the hem and with the raggedness, which Philip had noticed the first time he saw her, still unmended.
The perspective of one of these narrow cracks of streets, with its rows of tall houses stretching away till they come together in the distance like railway tracks; its clothes-lines crossing over at all altitudes and waving their bannered raggedness over the swarms of people below; and the white-dressed women perched in balcony railings all the way from the pavement up to the heavens--a perspective like that is really worth going into Neapolitan details to see.
A blurred circle of yellow haze had risen up in the sky in lieu of sun, and he had watched the patch it put upon his wall, like a bit of the prison's raggedness.
Threads of cotton are left hanging which increases the sense of raggedness and unease.
One critic, detecting the grotesque particularly in BartelAEs work from the seventies said: oPart of what made BartelAEs earlier works so charming and palatable, in spite of their raggedness, was the manAEs innate urbanity.
The musicians are alert and responsive, despite occasional raggedness in the strings; but the woodwind writing of Rauzzini is excellent and nicely played here.
The significances of the sum of squared differences and Harpending's raggedness index, which measures the smoothness of the mismatch distribution, were also calculated in Arlequin 3.
Statistical evaluation of spatial expansion show that there is no support for stable population, raggedness index = 0.
A few of the attributes tested include grammage, caliper, opacity, registration, line raggedness and optical density, among many others.
To evaluate a null hypothesis of a population expansion, Harpending's raggedness index was calculated; failure to reject the null hypothesis (i.