RAG, n. [Gr. a torn garment; tear; a rupture, a rock, a crag; to tear asunder.]1. Any piece of cloth torn from the rest; a tattered cloth, torn or worn till its texture is destroyed. Linen and cotton rags are the chief materials of paper.2. Garments worn out; proverbially, mean dress.Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Prov. 23.And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.3. A fragment of dress.
RAG, n. [Sax. hracod, torn, ragged; racian, to rake; Dan. rager, to rake; ragerie, old clothes; Sw. raka, to shave, ragg, rough hair; Gr. ῥακος, a torn garment, ῥακοω, to tear, ῥαγας, a rupture, a rock, a crag; ῥαγοω, to tear asunder; W. rhwygaw, to rend; Arm. roga, id. The Spanish has the word in the compounds andrajo, a rag, andrajoso, rugged; It. straccio, a rent, a rag; stracciare, to tear; Ar. خَرَقَ charaka or garaka, to tear. Class Rg, No. 34.]
- Any piece of cloth torn from the rest; a tattered cloth torn or worn till its texture is destroyed. Linen and cotton rags are the chief materials of paper.
- Garments worn out; proverbially, mean dress.
Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rage. – Prov. xxiii.
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. – Dryden.
- A fragment of dress. – Hudibras.
RAG, v.t. [Qu. Sax. wregian, to accuse; or from the root of rage. The sense is to break or burst forth.]
To scold; to rail. [Local.] – Pegge.
- To scold or rail at; to rate; to
tease; to torment; to banter.
- A piece of cloth torn off; a tattered piece of
cloth; a shred; a tatter; a fragment.
- To become
break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
- To play or compose (a piece, melody, etc.) in
- Hence, mean or tattered attire;
- To cut or dress roughly, as a
- To dance to ragtime music, esp. in some
manner considered indecorous.
- A shabby, beggarly fellow; a
- A coarse kind of rock,
somewhat cellular in texture.
- A ragged
- A sail, or any piece of canvas.