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"ragged" in British English

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raggedadjective

uk   us   /ˈræɡ.ɪd/
(of ​clothes) ​torn and not in good ​condition: The ​children were ​wearingdirty, ragged ​clothes. (of a ​person) ​untidy, ​dirty, and ​wearingold, ​tornclothes: Two ragged ​childrenstoodoutside 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 ​busstop. not ​performing well, because of not being ​organized: The ​team was ​rather ragged in the first ​half of the ​game.
raggedly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The ​child was ​breathing raggedly. The ​bandplayed raggedly.
raggedness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of ragged from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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raggedadjective

 us   /ˈræɡ·ɪd/
  • ragged adjective (IN BAD CONDITION)

(of ​clothes) ​torn and usually in ​badcondition from too much use, or (of ​people) ​wearingclothes in this ​condition: A ​group of ragged ​childrenappeared, ​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)
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