ragamuffin

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Middle English Ragamuffyn. Of uncertain origin, according to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: A muffin is a poor thing of a creature, a ‘regular muff’; so that a ragamuffin is a sorry creature in rags.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹæɡəˌmʌfɪn/
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Noun[edit]

ragamuffin (plural ragamuffins)

  1. A dirty, shabbily-clothed child; an urchin.
  2. A breed of domestic cat which is an offshoot from the Ragdoll.

Usage notes[edit]

Currently this word is slang, often (but not always) used either for anachronistic effect or as dialogue in historical fiction.

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Italian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English ragamuffin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ra.ɡaˈmaf.fin/
  • Hyphenation: ra‧ga‧mùf‧fin

Noun[edit]

ragamuffin m (uncountable)

  1. (music) ragga
    Synonyms: raga, ragga

References[edit]

  • ragamuffin in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  • ragamuffin in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti, Olivetti Media Communication