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Meaning & Definition of Rag in English

English

Rag

/ræg/

noun

1. A small piece of cloth or paper

    synonym:
  • rag
  • ,
  • shred
  • ,
  • tag
  • ,
  • tag end
  • ,
  • tatter

2. A week at british universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities

    synonym:
  • rag
  • ,
  • rag week

3. Music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)

    synonym:
  • ragtime
  • ,
  • rag

4. Newspaper with half-size pages

    synonym:
  • tabloid
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • sheet

5. A boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)

    synonym:
  • rag

verb

1. Treat cruelly

  • "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
    synonym:
  • torment
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • bedevil
  • ,
  • crucify
  • ,
  • dun
  • ,
  • frustrate

2. Cause annoyance in

  • Disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"
  • "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
    synonym:
  • annoy
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • get to
  • ,
  • bother
  • ,
  • get at
  • ,
  • irritate
  • ,
  • rile
  • ,
  • nark
  • ,
  • nettle
  • ,
  • gravel
  • ,
  • vex
  • ,
  • chafe
  • ,
  • devil

3. Play in ragtime

  • "Rag that old tune"
    synonym:
  • rag

4. Harass with persistent criticism or carping

  • "The children teased the new teacher"
  • "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"
  • "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • razz
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • cod
  • ,
  • tantalize
  • ,
  • tantalise
  • ,
  • bait
  • ,
  • taunt
  • ,
  • twit
  • ,
  • rally
  • ,
  • ride

5. Censure severely or angrily

  • "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"
  • "The deputy ragged the prime minister"
  • "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
    synonym:
  • call on the carpet
  • ,
  • take to task
  • ,
  • rebuke
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • trounce
  • ,
  • reproof
  • ,
  • lecture
  • ,
  • reprimand
  • ,
  • jaw
  • ,
  • dress down
  • ,
  • call down
  • ,
  • scold
  • ,
  • chide
  • ,
  • berate
  • ,
  • bawl out
  • ,
  • remonstrate
  • ,
  • chew out
  • ,
  • chew up
  • ,
  • have words
  • ,
  • lambaste
  • ,
  • lambast

6. Break into lumps before sorting

  • "Rag ore"
    synonym:
  • rag