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English noun: rag

1. rag (artifact) a small piece of cloth or paper


Synonymsshred, tag, tag end, tatter


Broader (hypernym)piece of cloth, piece of material


Narrower (hyponym)pine-tar rag

2. rag (time) a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities


Synonymsrag week


Broader (hypernym)hebdomad, week


Part holonymrag day


Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

3. rag (communication) music with a syncopated melody (usually for the piano)


Synonymsragtime


Broader (hypernym)dance music

4. rag (communication) newspaper with half-size pages


Synonymssheet, tabloid


Broader (hypernym)newspaper, paper

5. rag (act) a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)


Broader (hypernym)practical joke


Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


English verb: rag

1. rag (emotion) treat cruelly


SamplesThe children tormented the stuttering teacher.


Synonymsbedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, torment


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke


Narrower (hyponym)badger, beleaguer, bug, hamstring, madden, oppress, persecute, pester, tease

2. rag (emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations


SamplesMosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me.
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to rag Sue


Synonymsannoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rile, vex


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)displease


Narrower (hyponym)antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, eat into, fret, fret, get, get under one's skin, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle


Verb groupchafe

3. rag (creation) play in ragtime


SamplesRag that old tune.


ExamplesThey will rag the duet


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)play, spiel


Domain categorymusic, music

4. rag (communication) harass with persistent criticism or carping


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsbait, cod, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bemock, mock


Narrower (hyponym)banter, barrack, chaff, flout, gibe, jeer, jolly, josh, kid, scoff

5. rag (communication) censure severely or angrily


SamplesThe 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.


ExamplesSam cannot rag Sue


Synonymsbawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart


Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off

6. rag (change) break into lumps before sorting


SamplesRag ore.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize


Domain categoryexcavation, mining









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