Meaning of RAG in English


1. n.1 a a torn, frayed, or worn piece of woven material. b one of the irregular scraps to which cloth etc. is reduced by wear and tear.

2 (in pl.) old or worn clothes.

3 (collect.) scraps of cloth used as material for paper, stuffing, etc.

4 derog. a a newspaper. b a flag, handkerchief, curtain, etc.

5 (usu. with neg.) the smallest scrap of cloth etc. (not a rag to cover him).

6 an odd scrap; an irregular piece.

7 a jagged projection, esp. on metal.

Phrases and idioms:

in rags

1. much torn.

2 in old torn clothes. rag-and-bone man Brit. an itinerant dealer in old clothes, furniture, etc.


1. a bag in which scraps of fabric etc. are kept for use.

2 a miscellaneous collection.

3 sl. a sloppily-dressed woman. rag bolt a bolt with barbs to keep it tight when it has been driven in. rag book a children's book made of untearable cloth. rag doll a stuffed doll made of cloth. rag paper paper made from rags. rag-picker a collector and seller of rags. rags to riches poverty to affluence. rag trade colloq. the business of designing, making, and selling women's clothes.

Etymology: ME, prob. back-form. f. RAGGED 2. n. & v. sl.

--n. Brit.

1. a fund-raising programme of stunts, parades, and entertainment organized by students.

2 colloq. a prank.

3 a a rowdy celebration. b a noisy disorderly scene.

--v. (ragged, ragging)

1. tr. tease; torment; play rough jokes on.

2 tr. scold; reprove severely.

3 intr. Brit. engage in rough play; be noisy and riotous.

Etymology: 18th c.: orig. unkn.: cf. BALLYRAG 3. n.1 a large coarse roofing-slate.

2 any of various kinds of hard coarse sedimentary stone that break into thick slabs.

Etymology: ME: orig. unkn., but assoc. with RAG(1) 4. n. Mus. a ragtime composition or tune.

Etymology: perh. f. RAGGED: see RAGTIME

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.