toe rag

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Etymology 1[edit]

From toe + rag


toe rag (plural toe rags)

  1. (Britain, slang, derogatory) A tramp.
    • 1896, Walter Frith, In Search of Quiet: A Country Journal, May–July (novel), Harper & Brothers Publishers, page 156:
      [] Look what it's all driven me to!—a beggar, a tramp, a toe-rag commercial. []
    • 1959, Willis Hall, The Long and the Short and the Tall, Heinemann (1994), 978-0-435-23302-0, page 5:
      Bamforth: Flipping toe-rag! He wants carving up. It’s time that nit got sorted out. []
    • 2001, Eric Clapton, liner notes to Reptile”, quoted in William Ruhlmann, “Reptile / Mar. 13, 2001 / Reprise”, Vladimir Bogdanov et al., All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues, Third Edition, Hal Leonard Corporation, →ISBN, page 116:
      Where I come from, the word ‘reptile’ is a term of endearment, used in much the same way as ‘toe rag’ or ‘moosh’.
  2. (archaic) A cloth worn wrapped around the foot instead of a sock.
    • 1864, “an Ex-Military Officer” (J. F. Mortlock), Experiences of a Convict, Transported in 1843 for Twenty-One Years: An Autobiographical Memoir, part II, Richard Barrett (printer), page 80:
      Stockings being unknown, some luxurious men wrapped round their feet a piece of old shirting, called, in language more expressive than elegant, a “toe-rag”.
    • 1891, Rolf Boldrewood, A Sydney-side Saxon, Macmillan and Co., page 157:
      One of his feet had been bleeding, I could see from his ‘toe-rag,’ which stuck out on one side.
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin Lawrence Edition, Penguin (1994), →ISBN, page 213:
      “I’ll bet ’er wor a toe-rag,” said Morel, following up his joke. ¶ “Don’t you be so cheeky about a queen,” said Annie.

Etymology 2[edit]

  • Said to be from Tuareg, a nomadic North African tribesman, but may share same etymology as the UK definition: from the cloths worn around the foot.


toe rag (plural toe rags)

  1. (Ireland, slang, derogatory) An obnoxious or insignificant person.

Etymology 3[edit]



toe rag (plural toe rags)

  1. (Britain, Somerset) Dried salt cod-fish.