|Origin:||rögg 'rough hairiness'|
a small piece of old cloth, for example one used for cleaning things:
cloth[uncountable and countable]DHC
He wiped his boots dry with an old rag.
an oily rag
a newspaper, especially one that you think is not particularly important or of good quality:
He writes for the local rag.
wearing old torn clothes:
Children in rags begged money from the tourists.
becoming very rich after starting your life very poor: ➔ rags-to-riches
He likes to tell people of his rise from rags to riches.
a piece of ragtime music
an event organized by students every year in order to make money for people who are poor, sick etc:
students' event[countable] British EnglishSEC