rag


rag
rag
rag1 [rag]
n.
[ME ragge < OE ragg- (in raggig, ragged) < ON rögg, tuft of hair < IE base * reu-, to tear up > RUG, L ruere, to tumble down, rake up, rudis, rough]
1. a waste piece of cloth, esp. one that is old or torn
2. a small piece of cloth for dusting, cleaning, washing, etc.
3. anything considered to resemble a rag in appearance or in lack of value
4. [pl.]
a) old, worn clothes
b) any clothes: used humorously: see GLAD RAGS
5. the axis and white, tough membrane of citrus fruits
6. cotton and other cloth fibers used in making high-quality papers for documents, stationery, etc.
7. Slang a newspaper, esp. one viewed with contempt
adj.
1. made of rags [a rag doll]
2. Informal of or involved in the manufacture and sale of clothing, esp. women's clothing [the rag trade]
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chew the rag
Slang to chat
rag2 [rag]
vt.
ragged, ragging [< 19th-c. Brit university slang < ?] Slang
1. to tease, scold, criticize, or nag: often with on
2. Brit. to play a practical joke or jokes on
n.
Brit.
1. an act or instance of ragging
2. (one of) a series of activities by university students to raise money for charity
rag3 [rag]
n.
[< ?]
a roofing slate with one rough side
rag4 [rag]
n.
☆ a composition in ragtime
vt.
ragged, ragging
☆ to play in ragtime

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