Meaning of “ragged” in the English Dictionary

"ragged" in British English

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uk /ˈræɡ.ɪd/ us /ˈræɡ.ɪd/

(of clothes) torn and not in good condition:

The children were wearing dirty, ragged clothes.

(of a person) untidy, dirty, and wearing old, torn clothes:

Two ragged children stood outside the station, begging for money.

(especially of an edge) rough and not smooth:

The leaves of this plant have ragged edges.
The patient's breathing was ragged (= not regular) and uneven.
A ragged (= not straight) line of people were waiting at the bus stop.

not performing well, because of not being organized:

The team was rather ragged in the first half of the game.
adverb uk /ˈræɡ.ɪ us /ˈræɡ.ɪ

The child was breathing raggedly.
The band played raggedly.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈræɡ.ɪd.nəs/ us /ˈræɡ.ɪd.nəs/

(Definition of “ragged” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ragged" in American English

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us /ˈræɡ·ɪd/

ragged adjective (IN BAD CONDITION)

(of clothes) torn and usually in bad condition from too much use, or (of people) wearing clothes in this condition:

A group of ragged children appeared, begging for coins.

ragged adjective (UNEVEN)

not straight or even:

His scalp had a ragged gash.

(Definition of “ragged” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)