Meaning of rag
- a worthless piece of cloth, esp. one that is torn or worn.
- ragged or tattered clothing: The tramp was dressed in rags.
- any article of apparel regarded deprecatingly or self-deprecatingly, esp. a dress: It's just an old rag I had in the closet.
- a shred, scrap, or fragmentary bit of anything.
- Are you still subscribing to that rag?
- something of very low value or in very poor condition.
- a newspaper or magazine regarded with contempt or distaste:Are you still subscribing to that rag?
- a person of shabby or exhausted appearance.
- a large roofing slate that has one edge untrimmed.
- See(def. 9).
- from extreme poverty to great wealth: He went from rags to riches in only three years.
— v., n. ragged, rag•ging,
- to scold.
- to subject to a teasing, esp. in an intense or prolonged way (often fol. by on): Some of the boys were ragging on him about his haircut.
- to torment with jokes; play crude practical jokes on.
- an act of ragging.
— ragged, rag•ging.
- to break up (lumps of ore) for sorting. [1870–75; orig. uncert.]
— n., v., ragged, rag•ging.
- a musical composition in ragtime: a piano rag.
- to play (music) in ragtime.
- rag (Thesaurus)