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Definition of Rag


  1. To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in syncopated time.
  2. To dance to ragtime music, esp. in some manner considered indecorous.
  3. To scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter.
  4. A piece of cloth torn off; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred; a tatter; a fragment.
  5. Hence, mean or tattered attire; worn-out dress.
  6. A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin.
  7. A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture.
  8. A ragged edge.
  9. A sail, or any piece of canvas.
  10. To become tattered.
  11. To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
  12. To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.

Rag Quotations

I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.
Al Sharpton

The Giants are usually described as rag tag, kind of a great garage sale team, and the Democrats are described as the Mommies to the Republican Daddies; and everyone hates the mommies, but wait, wait - I didn't intend to get into the pathos and thrill of being a Democratic Giants fan.
Anne Lamott

I don't buy these rag magazines that feed off of stolen, you know, press. They're basically stealing someone's image in order to make money for themselves... They wait at the end of my street in their cars. Every time I exit my home, I have company.
Ashton Kutcher

Whether I'm running on the beach without my shirt or whether I'm going out with my kids or going to church or going out to dinner - I don't choose to insulate myself in engaging in real life. Hence, the public kind of almost knows me as much through my real life that they see through the rag mags.
Matthew McConaughey

We don't leave home without my daughter's doll La-La. She looks like a bit of a rag, but India is obsessed with her.
Georgina Chapman
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Rag Translations

rag in Afrikaans is flard
rag in Danish is pjalt, lap
rag in Dutch is vodje, lomp, lap, tod, lor, vod, flard
rag in Finnish is repale
rag in French is chiffon
rag in German is Unfug, Lappen
rag in Italian is lobo
rag in Latin is pannus
rag in Norwegian is klut
rag in Portuguese is pano
rag in Spanish is trapo

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