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Definition rag

Etymology 1

From Middle English ragge, from Old English *ragg (suggested by derivative raggiġ (“shaggy; bristly; ragged”)), from Old Norse rǫgg (“tuft; shagginess”). Cognate with Swedish ragg. Related to rug.

Noun

rag (plural rags)

  1. (in the plural) Tattered clothes.
  2. A piece of old cloth; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred, a tatter.
  3. A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin.
  4. A ragged edge in metalworking.
  5. (nautical, slang) A sail, or any piece of canvas.
  6. (slang, derogatory) A newspaper, magazine.
  7. (poker) A poor, low-ranking kicker.
Verb

rag (third-person singular simple present rags, present participle ragging, simple past and past participle ragged)

  1. (intransitive) To become tattered.

Etymology 2

Unknown origin; perhaps the same word as Etymology 1, above.

Noun

rag (plural rags)

  1. A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture; ragstone.
Verb

rag (third-person singular simple present rags, present participle ragging, simple past and past participle ragged)

  1. To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
  2. To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.

Etymology 3

Origin uncertain.

Verb

rag (third-person singular simple present rags, present participle ragging, simple past and past participle ragged)

  1. To scold or tell off; to torment; to banter.
  2. (Britain slang) To drive a car or another vehicle in a hard, fast or unsympathetic manner.
  3. To tease or torment, especially at a university; to bully, to haze.
Noun

rag (plural rags)

  1. (dated) A prank or practical joke.
  2. (Britain, Ireland) A society run by university students for the purpose of charitable fundraising.

Etymology 4

Perhaps from ragged. Compare later ragtime.

Noun

rag (plural rags)

  1. (obsolete, US) An informal dance party featuring music played by African-American string bands. [19th c.]
  2. A ragtime song, dance or piece of music. [from 19th c.]
Verb

rag (third-person singular simple present rags, present participle ragging, simple past and past participle ragged)

  1. (transitive, informal) To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in syncopated time.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To dance to ragtime music.
  3. (music, obsolete) To add syncopation (to a tune) and thereby make it appropriate for a ragtime song.

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