ETYM Old Eng. ragge, probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. rögg a tuft, shagginess, Swed. ragg rough hair. Related to Rug.
1. A small piece of cloth; SYN. shred, tag, tag end, tatter.
2. (British) A boisterous practical joke (especially by college students).
3. (British) A week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities.
Irregularity along the left or right edge of a set of lines of text on a printed page. Rag complements justification, in which one or both edges of the text form a straight vertical line. See the illustration. See also justify, ragged left, ragged right.
1. To break into lumps before sorting, as of ore.
2. To play in ragtime, as of a musical piece.