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ragamuffin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ragamuffin a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ragamuffin A paltry or disreputable fellow; a mean wretch.
    • Ragamuffin A person who wears ragged clothing.
    • Ragamuffin (Zoöl) The long-tailed titmouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ragamuffin The name of a demon.
    • n ragamuffin An idle, worthless fellow; a vagabond; now, especially, a disreputably ragged or slovenly person: formerly used as a general term of reprehension.
    • n ragamuffin A titmouse: same as mufflin.
    • ragamuffin Base; beggarly; ragged or disorderly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ragamuffin a low, disreputable person
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Ragamofin, the name of a demon in some of the old mysteries
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. rögg, shagginess.

Usage

In literature:

And because some young ragamuffins were insolent to you, my nephew must lower himself to their level.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
Here, I know: set some one to find that ragamuffin Pegg.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
Conde's ragamuffins, and they are yelling for M. de Lalande.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Some o' those ragamuffin rebels might be on this side of the river.
"Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Henry Fisk Carlton
A beastly set of ragamuffins!
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
There was waggon after waggon, swarming with ragamuffins of both sexes and all ages.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Drones, ragamuffins, and rodneys cannot grumble if they get kicked out of the hive.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
Swarming mobs of ragamuffins had occupied the points farthest projecting seaward.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
In a second, the half-witted, ragamuffin Smiler bobbed his grinning face round the door post.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
First, the police cleared the way; the ragamuffins were driven into the street.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
It is probable Old Hurricane did not hear this irreverent speech, for he continued to gaze with pity and dismay upon the ragamuffin before him.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
What was the murder of some ragamuffin in Hyde Park to a man from the country who had lost his son?
"" by E.W. Hornung
If we could only fall in wi' some of these starved ragamuffins of frame-breakers we could win a grand victory.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It made very little sensation on the spot, for he was not hurt, and the fellow was a miserable-looking ragamuffin.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
A little ragamuffin held up his hand.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The ragamuffin, the good-for-nothing!
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Instantly, from the house where they had been stowing away stores, first Davis, and then the ragamuffin, swarthy crew made their appearance.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You appear to be a real ragamuffin.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
I do not mean to say, or even to suggest, that these ragamuffins were not brave men and good soldiers.
"Campaigning in Cuba" by George Kennan
What're you doin' to them ragamuffins that you've bin gatherin' up?
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

He the bland canaster puffing,
As upon his round he paces,
Sudden sees a ragamuffin
Clambering swiftly up the glacis.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
When full of tay and cake,
O'Brine began to spake;
But juice a one could hear him, for a sudden roar
Of a ragamuffin rout
Began to yell and shout,
And frighten the propriety of Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

No motion picture actor so captured and enthralled the world as did Charles Spencer Chaplin, a London ragamuffin who became an immortal artist for his deft and effective humanization of man's tragicomic conflicts with fate.
Jewelry designer Flora Davis has created some pieces using fur from her gorgeous flame point Ragamuffin, Gaia, whose super soft white fur looks just like cotton.
Goblins, ghouls, bumblebees and even Supergirl were on hand Saturday for the annual Ragamuffin Parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Like most events slated for Halloween week, the traditional Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade was postponed.
Ragamuffin Parade a rousing ride for Ridge rugrats.
Wes Wesolowski's "Ragamuffin" 472 '63.
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