Music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano); SYN. rag.
Syncopated music (“ragged time”) in 2/4 rhythm, usually played on piano. It developed in the US among black musicians in the late 19th century; it was influenced by folk tradition, minstrel shows, and marching bands, and was later incorporated into jazz. Scott Joplin was a leading writer of ragtime pieces, called “rags”.