1. [ noun ] (clothing) a small piece of cloth
Synonyms: tag tag_end tatter shred
Related terms: piece_of_cloth pine-tar_rag shred
2. [ noun ] (music,fine art,dance) music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)
Synonyms: ragtime
Related terms: dance_music
3. [ noun ] (printing,writing,news) newspaper with half-size pages
Synonyms: sheet tabloid
Related terms: newspaper
4. [ noun ] (British) a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities
Synonyms: rag_week
Related terms: week rag_day UK
5. [ verb ] break into lumps before sorting, as of ore
Related terms: break_up mining
6. [ verb ] censure severely or angrily
Synonyms: chide scold rebuke berate lecture lambast call_down lambaste trounce bawl_out reprimand remonstrate chew_out jaw chew_up have_words dress_down call_on_the_carpet reproof check

"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" "check" is archaic

Related terms: criticize chastize tell_off rebuke lecture chiding
7. [ verb ] harass with persistent criticism or carping
Synonyms: taunt ride tease bait tantalize tantalise razz rally twit cod

"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"

Related terms: mock jeer kid twitting tease tease tantaliser Tantalus boo
8. [ verb ] (music) play in ragtime, as of a musical piece
Related terms: play music music
9. [ verb ] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations
Synonyms: bother annoy irritate vex nettle devil get_at gravel chafe nark rile get_to

: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

Related terms: displease harass antagonize ruffle torment get grate peeve fret chafe botheration mischief annoyance pique tease irritant aggravation annoyance
10. [ verb ] treat cruelly
Synonyms: crucify tantalize dun bedevil frustrate torment

"The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

Related terms: annoy harass tease persecute hamstring madden tormentor frustration harassment badgering
11. [ noun ] (British) a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
Related terms: practical_joke UK
Similar spelling:   Rago