1. [syn: roughness, raggedness]
2. shabbiness by virtue of being in rags;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ragged \Rag"ged\ (r[a^]g"g[e^]d), a. [From Rag, n.]
1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken;
as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail.
2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough;
jagged; as, ragged rocks.
3. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant. [R.]
"A ragged noise of mirth." --Herbert.
4. Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow.
5. Rough; shaggy; rugged.
What shepherd owns those ragged sheep? --Dryden.
Ragged lady (Bot.), the fennel flower (Nigella
Ragged robin (Bot.), a plant of the genus Lychnis
(Lychnis Flos-cuculi), cultivated for its handsome
flowers, which have the petals cut into narrow lobes.
Ragged sailor (Bot.), prince's feather (Polygonum
Ragged school, a free school for poor children, where they
are taught and in part fed; -- a name given at first
because they came in their common clothing. [Eng.]
[1913 Webster] -- Rag"ged*ly, adv. -- Rag"ged*ness, n.
[1913 Webster] Raggie
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is
irregular and uneven [syn: roughness, raggedness] [ant:
2: shabbiness by virtue of being in rags