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ragged

adjective
     
Related topics: Clothes and Fashion
rag‧ged
1

clothes etc

also rag‧ged‧y especially American English torn and in bad condition:
the ragged blankets on the bed
a raggedy hat
2

people

DC wearing clothes that are old and torn:
Crowds of ragged children played among the rocks.
3

uneven

also raggedyCF having a rough uneven edge or surface:
The old photograph looked a little ragged at the edges.
a ragged hole
raggedy hair
4

not regular

not regular or together:
The crowd gave a ragged cheer.
ragged breathing
5

tired

informal tired after using a lot of effort:
He looked ragged, so I told him to go to bed.
He ran United's defence ragged (=made them do a lot of work).
6

be on the ragged edge

American English informal to be feeling very tired or upset
raggedly adverb:
raggedly dressed
She was breathing raggedly.
raggedness noun [uncountable]

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