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Meaning of rag

rag

Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
— n.
  1. a worthless piece of cloth, esp. one that is torn or worn.
  2. ragged or tattered clothing: The tramp was dressed in rags.
  3. any article of apparel regarded deprecatingly or self-deprecatingly, esp. a dress: It's just an old rag I had in the closet.
  4. a shred, scrap, or fragmentary bit of anything.
  5. Are you still subscribing to that rag?
    1. something of very low value or in very poor condition.
    2. a newspaper or magazine regarded with contempt or distaste:Are you still subscribing to that rag?
  6. a person of shabby or exhausted appearance.
  7. a large roofing slate that has one edge untrimmed.
  8. See(def. 9).
  9. from extreme poverty to great wealth: He went from rags to riches in only three years.

rag

Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
— v., n. ragged, rag•ging,
—v.t.
  1. to scold.
  2. 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.
  3. to torment with jokes; play crude practical jokes on.
—n.
  1. an act of ragging.

rag

Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
— ragged, rag•ging.
  1. to break up (lumps of ore) for sorting. [1870–75; orig. uncert.]

rag

Pronunciation: (rag), [key]
— n., v., ragged, rag•ging.
—n.
  1. a musical composition in ragtime: a piano rag.
—v.t.
  1. to play (music) in ragtime.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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