- (derogatory) the common people; rabble (esp in the phrase ragtag and bobtail)
Word Origin C19
Example Sentences Including 'ragtag'
Capturing it would allow the ragtag Northern Alliance army to cut Taliban supply routes running south towards Kabul.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
It's 1970 and a ragtag army of youths has crossed the United States looking for free love and good drugs.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Liberian President Charles Taylor's ragtag troops brace for more assaults from rebels in Monrovia yesterday.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
The ragtag fighting forces of Afghanistan paraded yesterday to commemorate the fall of communist rule.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The words her father once had used came into her head, `The ragtag ends of an army.
What caused all the ecological components buttressing the old habitat to allow the invasion of such a ragtag collection of newcomers?
New Scientist (1999)
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