or shabby; disheveled.
made up of mixed, often diverse, elements:
a ragtag crowd.
(derogatory) the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)
also rag-tag, “ragged people collectively,” 1820, from rag (n.) + tag (n.); originally in expression rag-tag and bobtail “the rabble” (tag-rag and bobtail is found in 1650s), with bobtail an old 17c. word for “cur.” Tag and rag was “very common in 16-17th c.” [OED]
noun 1. the riffraff; rabble: The ragtag and bobtail of every nation poured into the frontier in search of gold.
- Rag-tag and bobtail
noun 1. the riffraff; rabble: The ragtag and bobtail of every nation poured into the frontier in search of gold. noun phrase The rabble; hoi polloi: Oh Lord, deliver me from the rag-tag and bobtail [1820+; tag-rag and bobtail is found by 1659; bobtail, ”cur, lout,” by 1619]
[rag-tahym] /ˈrægˌtaɪm/ noun, Music. 1. rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation. 2. a style of American music having this rhythm, popular from about 1890 to 1915. [rag-tahym] /ˈrægˌtaɪm/ noun 1. a novel (1975) by E. L. Doctorow. /ˈræɡˌtaɪm/ noun 1. a style […]
[rag-top] /ˈrægˌtɒp/ noun, Slang. 1. an automobile having a folding canvas ; convertible. 2. the itself: a ragtop that folds flush with the body. n. “convertible car,” 1954, from rag (n.) + top (n.1). modifier : I sure wouldn’t sleep in that rag-top car noun A convertible car: It’s been a while since the ragtops […]