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ragamuffin

rag·a·muf·fin / ˈragəˌməfən/ • n. 1. a person, typically a child, in ragged, dirty clothes. 2. (also rag·ga·muf·fin) chiefly Brit. an exponent or follower of ragga, typically one dressing in ragged clothes. ∎  another term for ragga.

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ragamuffin

ragamuffin a person, typically a child, in ragged, dirty clothes. The term is recorded from Middle English as the name of a demon; and is probably based on rag as a piece of old and torn cloth, with a fanciful suffix.

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ragamuffin

ragamuffin XVI (ragomoffyn occurs XIV as the name of a demon); perh. based on RAG1.

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ragamuffin

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