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rag·ged  audio  (rgd) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Tattered, frayed, or torn: ragged clothes.
  2. Dressed in tattered or threadbare clothes: a ragged scarecrow.
  3. Unkempt or shaggy: ragged hair.
  4. Having an irregular surface or edge; uneven or jagged in outline: a column of text set with a ragged right margin.
  5. Imperfect; uneven: The actor gave a ragged performance.
  6. Harsh; rasping: a ragged cough.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from ragge, rag ; see rag1

OTHER FORMS:
ragged·ly(Adverb), ragged·ness(Noun)


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