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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Rag


RAG, noun [Gr. a torn garment; tear; a rupture, a rock, a crag; to tear asunder.]

1. Any piece of cloth torn from the rest; a tattered cloth, torn or worn till its texture is destroyed. Linen and cotton rags are the chief materials of paper.

2. Garments worn out; proverbially, mean dress.

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:21.

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

3. A fragment of dress.

RAG. verb transitive

To scold; to rail. [Local.]