Pronunciation: (rag),[key] —n. 1. a worthless piece of cloth, esp. one that is torn or worn.
2. rags,ragged or tattered clothing: The tramp was dressed in rags. 3. any article of apparel regarded deprecatingly or self-deprecatingly, esp. a dress: It's just an old rag I had in the closet. 4. a shred, scrap, or fragmentary bit of anything.
5. Informal. a. something of very low value or in very poor condition.
b. a newspaper or magazine regarded with contempt or distaste: Are you still subscribing to that rag? 6. a person of shabby or exhausted appearance.
7. a large roofing slate that has one edge untrimmed.
8. chew the rag. See chew (def. 9).
9. from rags to riches, from extreme poverty to great wealth: He went from rags to riches in only three years.
—v.t. 1. to scold.
2. to subject to a teasing, esp. in an intense or prolonged way (often fol. by on): Some of the boys were ragging on him about his haircut. 3. Brit.to torment with jokes; play crude practical jokes on.
—n. Brit.an act of ragging.
Pronunciation: (rag),[key] —v.t.,ragged, rag•ging. to break up (lumps of ore) for sorting. [1870–75; orig. uncert.]