Meaning of RAG in English
/ ræg; NAmE / noun , verb
[ C , U ] a piece of old, often torn, cloth used especially for cleaning things
—see also glad rags
[ C ] ( informal , usually disapproving ) a newspaper that you believe to be of low quality :
the local rag
a piece of ragtime music
( BrE ) [ U , C ] an event or a series of events organized by students each year to raise money for charity :
- in rags
- (from) rags to riches
- lose your rag
—more at red adjective
( -gg- ) [ vn ] rag sb (about sth) ( old-fashioned , BrE ) to laugh at and/or play tricks on sb
- rag on sb
noun senses 1 to 2 and idsym. Middle English : probably a back-formation from ragged or raggy ragged .
noun sense 4 and verb rag on sb. mid 18th cent.: of unknown origin.
noun sense 3 late 19th cent.: perhaps from ragged ; compare with ragtime .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005