Meaning of RAG in English


I. rag 1 /ræɡ/ BrE AmE noun

[ Sense 1-4,6: Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old Norse ; Origin: rögg 'rough hairiness' ]

[ Sense 5: Date: 1800-1900 ; Origin: ragtime ]

1 . CLOTH [uncountable and countable] a small piece of old cloth, for example one used for cleaning things:

He wiped his boots dry with an old rag.

an oily rag

2 . NEWSPAPER [countable] informal a newspaper, especially one that you think is not particularly important or of good quality:

He writes for the local rag.

3 . in rags wearing old torn clothes:

Children in rags begged money from the tourists.

4 . from rags to riches becoming very rich after starting your life very poor:

He likes to tell people of his rise from rags to riches.

⇨ ↑ rags-to-riches

5 . MUSIC [countable] a piece of ↑ ragtime music

6 . STUDENTS’ EVENT [countable] British English an event organized by students every year in order to make money for people who are poor, sick etc:

rag week

⇨ glad rags at ↑ glad (7), ⇨ like a red rag to a bull at ↑ red 1 (5), ⇨ lose your rag at ↑ lose (11)

II. rag 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle ragged , present participle ragging ) [transitive]

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Origin: Origin unknown ]

British English old-fashioned to laugh at someone or play tricks on them SYN tease

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