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A.Word.A.Day--ragamuffin

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This week's theme: eponyms -- words coined after someone.

ragamuffin (RAG-uh-muf-in) noun

Someone, especially a child, in ragged, dirty clothes.

[After Ragamoffyn, a demon in William Langland's 14th century poem Piers Plowman.]

See more usage examples of ragamuffin in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"There were ragamuffins filled with certainties on every streetcorner and philosophers in every coffeehouse." Earl Shorris; A Nation of Salesmen; Harper's (New York); Oct 1994.

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