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Compound of rag +‎ bag.


ragbag (plural ragbags)

  1. A bag of rags and scraps.
  2. (figurative) A collection containing a variety of miscellaneous things; a smorgasbord.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:hodgepodge
    • 2019 May 14, John Banville, “Colin Farrell Joins the League of High-Profile Narrators of ’A Portrait of the Artist’”, in The New York Times[1], New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-03-12:
      The pages that constitute "Anna Livia Plurabelle" are surely the most easily decipherable in that masterly and monstrous ragbag of a book.
    • 2020 August 4, Richard Conniff, “They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody's fool”, in National Geographic[2], Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Partners, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2 April 2023:
      In our ragbag of stereotypes, ostriches have thus become the quintessential dim-witted animals. Even the Bible says they're dumb, and bad parents too.
    • 2020 November 18, Paul Bigland, “New infrastructure and new rolling stock”, in Rail, page 49:
      Opposite, the Loram site contains a real ragbag of yellow, blue or rust-streaked kit whose appearance belies their importance in keeping the railways running.
  3. (figurative, informal) A person (especially a woman) of unclean or untidy appearance.