Definition of raggedy in English:



North American
  • Scruffy; shabby.

    • ‘The den contains a raggedy rug and two sketches Ty did himself of a beaver and a rooster.’
    • ‘When the actors reemerge, long shreds of colorful fabrics hang heavy from raggedy costumes, as if a silly-string battle had broken out in the greenroom.’
    • ‘There was another raggedy girl cleaning up tables behind me, and she was singing too.’
    • ‘The last of its tumble-down outlying villages, with its cheering raggedy children, was left behind many hours ago.’
    • ‘In the distant, lying on the summer grass is a body with a worn-out and raggedy cloak.’
    • ‘The coast dipped and curved as we stroked north toward Punta Concepción, past small coves, raggedy desert peaks, and a few dilapidated fishing shacks.’
    • ‘She held a doll in her hand, a grubby raggedy thing.’
    • ‘He shut the door quickly, and turned to find a thin, raggedy cat licking the snow from its mangy coat in the middle of his kitchen floor.’
    • ‘Please don't keep your toenails raggedy when clippers, emery boards and pumice stones are readily available.’
    • ‘You can look up and down this street and see how raggedy it is.’
    • ‘The old man, twisting the end of his long, raggedy beard, contemplates his order, and then takes out his change.’
    • ‘At the rear, there's a raggedy patch of garden, partly covered in grapevines.’
    • ‘These Agents were dressed in raggedy, torn clothes.’
    • ‘She still slept with the worn teddy bear and the very raggedy blanket but only Karina knew this.’
    • ‘The boy pulled something from a raggedy pocket.’
    • ‘Instead of people with unkempt hair and raggedy clothes, there were well-dressed servants and slaves, and an occasional noble riding by.’
    • ‘The lights dimmed and a raggedy band assembled onstage.’
    • ‘It was a plain, raggedy old bag, but it was cheap and did its job.’
    • ‘His clothes were unkempt and raggedy, and his belly protruded very visibly.’
    • ‘He cuts his hair raggedy, dyes it black, doesn't wash it.’
    shabby, well worn, worn, worn to shreds, threadbare, tattered, in tatters, in ribbons, in rags, in holes, holey, falling to pieces, falling apart at the seams, ragged, frayed, patched, moth-eaten, faded, seedy, shoddy, sorry, scruffy, dilapidated, crumbling, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, decrepit, deteriorated, on its last legs, having seen better days, time-worn
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