Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a raggedy effort.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The effort was raggedy.”)
Something raggedy (or ragged) has loose bits of stuff hanging off it, or it's made of rags or wearing rags. More abstractly, something raggedy is messy in a wild way, as if no one has been taking care of it.
You can say "ragged" instead of "raggedy;" they mean the same thing.
(I just like "raggedy.")
Also in use: "raggedly" & "raggedness."
How to use it:
The meaning of "raggedy" is usually negative ("That raggedy old house is probably full of roaches") but you can certainly talk about a raggedy object that got that way from years of love and play (like your Raggedy Anne doll.)
So, talk about a raggedy person (such as a raggedy soldier or a raggedy traveler); a raggedy coat, some raggedy boots, a raggedy and overstuffed binder, etc.; a raggedy town, a raggedy street, a raggedy shop, etc.; a raggedy method, raggedy results, or raggedy efforts, and so on. Something or someone can have a raggedy character, a raggedy charm, a raggedy edge, a raggedy attitude, etc.
I was definitely expecting his shoes to be raggedy after he finished the marathon, but I was shocked to see that they were bloody, too.
No one could really blame the kids for their slow and raggedy exit during the fire drill; it was their very first one, after all.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "raggedy” means when you can explain it without saying “ragged” or “wild."
Think of the last time you noticed that something really needed to be updated, and fill in the blanks: "That raggedy _____ could really use _____."
Concrete example: "That raggedy garden could really use some tender loving care."
Abstract example: "That raggedy department could really use some better leadership."
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E. E. Cummings: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
1. The opposite of RAGGEDY is
2. Her raggedy voice sang out, _____.
A. harsh and loud.
B. wobbly and uneven.
C. dulcet and precise.
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