Rag - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ræɡ|  American pronunciation of the word rag
Brit.  |ræɡ|  British pronunciation of the word rag


- a small piece of cloth or paper (syn: shred, tag, tatter)
- a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities
- music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano) (syn: ragtime)
- newspaper with half-size pages (syn: sheet, tabloid)
- a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)


- treat cruelly (syn: bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, torment)
- cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations (syn: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rile, vex)
- play in ragtime
rag that old tune
- harass with persistent criticism or carping (syn: bait, cod, rally, razz, ride, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit)
- censure severely or angrily (syn: bawl out, berate, call down, chide, dress down, jaw, lambaste, lecture, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, scold, trounce)
The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
- break into lumps before sorting
rag ore

Extra examples

...several readers called in to rag the editor for his paper's repeated grammatical lapses...

He was wiping his hands on an oily rag.

I've no rag.

He wiped his boots dry with an old rag.

He writes for the local rag.

The deputy ragged the Prime Minister

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rag
he/she/it: rags
present participle: ragging
past tense: ragged
past participle: ragged
singular: rag
plural: rags
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