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Etymology 1[edit]

From rag +‎ man.


ragman (plural ragmen)

  1. A person who collects and sells unwanted household items such as rags and other refuse for a living, a rag and bone man.
    • 1966, Bob Dylan (lyrics and music), “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”, in Blonde on Blonde:
      Oh, the ragman draws circles / Up and down the block / I'd ask him what the matter was / But I know that he don't talk

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.


ragman (countable and uncountable, plural ragmans)

  1. (historical) A statute issued by Edward I in 1276.
  2. (obsolete) A document having many names or seals, such as a papal bull.
    • c. 1390, William Langland, Piers Plowman, Prologue:
      He bonched hem with his breuet · & blered here eyes / And rauȝte with his ragman · rynges and broches []
  3. (historical, uncountable) A game in which players compete to pull an object from out of a roll of writing.
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