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English definition of “ragged”

ragged

adjective uk   /ˈræɡ.ɪd/ us  
(of clothes) torn and not in good condition: The children were wearing dirty, ragged clothes.Rough, irregular and unevenIn bad condition (of a person) untidy, dirty, and wearing old, torn clothes: Two ragged children stood outside the station, begging for money.Dirty and untidy (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.Rough, irregular and uneven not performing well, because of not being organized: The team was rather ragged in the first half of the match.Social order and disorder
raggedly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Rough, irregular and uneven
raggedness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Rough, irregular and uneven
(Definition of ragged from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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