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Adjective: ragged  ra-gid
  1. Being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn
    "a ragged tramp"; "clothes as ragged as a scarecrow's";
    - raggedy [N. Amer]
  2. Worn out from stress or strain
    "run ragged";
    - raggedy [N. Amer]
  3. Having an irregular outline
    "herded the class into a ragged line"; "text set with ragged right margins";
    - raggedy [N. Amer]
Verb: rag (ragged,ragging)  rag
  1. Harass persistently in cruel or annoying way
    "The children ragged the stuttering teacher";
    - torment, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate
  2. Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really rags me";
    - annoy, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark [Brit], nettle, gravel [US], vex, chafe, devil
  3. (music) play in ragtime
    "rag that old tune"
  4. Deliberately provoke by mocking or poking fun, often in an aggressive manner
    "The children ragged the new teacher";
    - tease, razz [N. Amer], cod, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride [N. Amer], wind up [Brit]
  5. Censure severely or angrily
    "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister";
    - call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer]
  6. (mining) break into lumps before sorting
    "rag ore"

See also: tired, uneven, worn

Type of: bemock, beset, break up, chevvy [non-standard], chevy, chivvy, chivy, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, displease, fragment, fragmentise [Brit], fragmentize, harass, harry, hassle, knock, mock, molest, pick apart, plague, play, provoke, spiel

Encyclopedia: Rag, Tag and Bobtail