Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a small piece of cloth or paper
  2. (noun, time) a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities
  3. (noun, communication) music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)
  4. (noun, communication) newspaper with half-size pages
  5. (noun, act) a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
  6. (verb, emotion) treat cruelly
  7. (verb, emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves
  8. (verb, creation) play in ragtime
  9. (verb, communication) harass with persistent criticism or carping
    Don't ride me so hard over my failure
    His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie
  10. (verb, communication) censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
  11. (verb, change) break into lumps before sorting

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Rag

  1. c.1310, probably from O.N. rogg "shaggy tuft," earlier raggw-, or possibly from O.Dan. rag (see rug), or a back-formation from ragged (c.1300), which is from O.N. ragga?r "shaggy," via O.E. raggig "rag-like." It also may represent an unrecorded O.E. cognate of O.N. rogg. As an insulting term for "newspaper, magazine" it dates fro… more
  2. "scold," 1739, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dan. dialectal rag "grudge." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Rag

r.c., race, raceway, rachis, rachischisis, rack, racy, rag week, rage, ragee, ragi, ragusa, raise, raj, raja, rajah, rake

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