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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.]
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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]
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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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ragamuffin - a dirty shabbily clothed urchinragamuffin - a dirty shabbily clothed urchin  
urchin - poor and often mischievous city child
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ragamuffin

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

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

ragamuffin

[ˈrægəˌmʌfɪn] Ngranuja mf
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ragamuffin

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

[ˈrægəˌmʌfɪn] n (old) → monello/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

ragamuffin

(ˈrӕgəmafin) noun
a ragged, dirty person, especially a child.
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References in classic literature ?
Then, when I've got a start, I can take in a ragamuffin or two, just for a relish.
"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.
Have you any inclination to go with me?' The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor, and said: 'You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!'
The devil fetch ye, ye ragamuffin rapscallions; ye are all asleep.
After walking a ways, Jurgis met a little ragamuffin whom he hailed: "Hey, sonny!" The boy cocked one eye at him--he knew that Jurgis was a "jailbird" by his shaven head.
"Trust me, sir, I have already laughed more than beseems my cloth at your Homeric confabulation with yonder ragamuffin General of the rebels.
The ragamuffin in question was watching us with all his solitary eye, as though he knew that we were discussing him.
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.