Meaning of RAG in English


rag 1

/rag/ , n.

1. a worthless piece of cloth, esp. one that is torn or worn.

2. rags , ragged or tattered clothing: The tramp was dressed in rags.

3. any article of apparel regarded deprecatingly or self-deprecatingly, esp. a dress: It's just an old rag I had in the closet.

4. a shred, scrap, or fragmentary bit of anything.

5. Informal.

a. something of very low value or in very poor condition.

b. a newspaper or magazine regarded with contempt or distaste: Are you still subscribing to that rag?

6. a person of shabby or exhausted appearance.

7. a large roofing slate that has one edge untrimmed.

8. chew the rag . See chew (def. 9).

9. from rags to riches , from extreme poverty to great wealth: He went from rags to riches in only three years.

[ 1275-1325; ME ragge ragg coarse hair rogg ]

rag 2

/rag/ , v. , ragged, ragging , n. Informal.


1. to scold.

2. to subject to a teasing, esp. in an intense or prolonged way (often fol. by on ): Some of the boys were ragging on him about his haircut.

3. Brit. to torment with jokes; play crude practical jokes on.


4. Brit. an act of ragging.

[ 1790-1800; orig. uncert. ]

rag 3

/rag/ , v.t., ragged, ragging .

to break up (lumps of ore) for sorting.

[ 1870-75; orig. uncert. ]

rag 4

/rag/ , n. , v. , ragged, ragging .


1. a musical composition in ragtime: a piano rag.


2. to play (music) in ragtime.

[ 1895-1900; shortened form of RAGTIME ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .