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1. Shaggy or unkempt; ragged.
2. Diverse and disorderly in appearance or composition: "They're a small ragtag army of racketeers, bandits, and murderers" (Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.).


derogatory the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)



1. ragged or shabby; disheveled.
2. made up of mixed, often diverse, elements; motley.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ragtag - disparaging terms for the common people
common people, folk, folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
scum, trash - worthless people


[ˈrægˌtæg] (pej)
1. n ragtag and bobtailmarmaglia
2. adj (group, organization, collection) → di bassa lega
a ragtag army → un'armata brancaleone
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