Something that's ragged is starting to fall apart. When your favorite sweater is getting ragged, it's so worn that the sleeves are fraying.

You'll often see ragged describing clothing or a person's tendency to dress in torn, ratty clothes. Your grandmother might talk about the ragged little boy in her neighborhood, who always wears a dirty t-shirt and jeans with holes in the knees. You might put on your comfortable sweatpants only to realize they've gotten a little ragged, frayed around the waistband.

Definitions of ragged
  1. adjective
    being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn
    “clothes as ragged as a scarecrow's”
    “a ragged tramp”
    synonyms: raggedy
    affected by wear; damaged by long use
  2. adjective
    worn out from stress or strain
    “run ragged
    depleted of strength or energy
  3. adjective
    having an irregular outline
    “text set with ragged right margins”
    “herded the class into a ragged line”
    not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture
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