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Etymology 1[edit]

rag +‎ -y

Alternative forms[edit]


raggie (comparative more raggie, superlative most raggie)

  1. (obsolete) ragged; rough
    • Holland
      a stony and raggie hill

Etymology 2[edit]

rag +‎ -ie


raggie (plural raggies)

  1. (informal, nonstandard, pejorative) One who dresses poorly, or in rags; an impoverished individual
    • 2007, Arthur Herzog, A Murder in Our Town:
      Emerging from a pop-up trailer owned by Eddie and Terry in the equipment-crowded back yard was Terry's cousin Bennett Morey, thirty-five, a raggie, and his “old lady”, Donna Call, pregnant by him.
    • 2014, George B. Light, A Present From Dad:
      “I can spot a raggie a mile away. And they don't get jobs here and they never will. Shiftless bunch, only care about themselves, steal anything in sight.”

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for raggie in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)