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A term similar to the "N" word in its power to insult, unique to Northwest Connecticut. Refers to lower than low white trash. Winsted residents are sure it refers to some people from Norfolk. Norfolk residents think raggies come from Torrington. Torrington people believe that raggies live in Winsted. And so on.

At the Greenwoods School in Winsted, calling another kid a "raggie" was cause for detention. Mothers would wash the mouth of any child who used the "R" word.

White trash have a car on blocks in the yard, & a couch on the porch. Raggies typically have a couch on the lawn and a car on the porch.

Look out for a two year old raggie throwing rocks at passing traffic. (Route 44, Route 8)

by Dave Q It November 10, 2007
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A typical "raggie" is a resident - life-long or import - of Winsted, CT. A typical "raggie" can be defined as follows: 1.) Enjoys everything about Cumberland Farms and The Donut Station.
2.)Can be seen regularly doing "hot laps" from BP (Now Sunoco) to Winsted Savings Bank and back in a car that is typically worth more than their house.
3.)Most raggies have a brood of offspring who they take to the annual Winsted Fireman's Carnival and parade down Main St.
4.)Most raggies, from time to time, enjoy going to Holland Beach, wearing nothing more than a wife-beater (white tank-top)and/or dirty jean cut-offs.
5.) As Winsted has the most bars-per-square-mile of any Connecticut town of it's size, many raggies have developed life-long drinking problems. This leads to loss of their licenses, increasing their dependency on bicycles for transportation of themselves and their Miller High Life.
6.)Many bike-riding raggies can be seen in Winsted typically between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. (and at all parades and town events)
"Look at that raggie hanging out of the parking lot of the donut station"
by JessUrban August 31, 2006
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1 . A term that is used, almost exclusively by residents of Northwestern Connecticut, in a derogatory fashion. 2. A name once given to the workers of charcoal pits on Mt. Riga, located in Salisbury,CT, to label those who were of a poor working class ( mostly Dutch immigrants ). The ash and soot from the charcoal burning pits would force these workers to tie handkerchiefs or "rags" to their faces in order to filter the acrid air. The term "raggies" refers to their use of these rags.
"Raggies would often come down from the mountain , for lunch, to eat in downtown Salisbury"
by purple octopus October 16, 2009
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A derogatory word used in northern Litchfield County, Ct. It derives from Mt. Riga, a mountain that was populated with poor hillbillies, mostly of Dutch descent. The term started in the Salisbury/ Canaan area and moved to Winsted and Torrington. It now refers to those of lower incomes.
Those raggies are nothing but trouble.
by stedlaw May 29, 2009
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Raggie: A slumish person, who spends their time doing monotonus activties, that seem to have no purpose. a typical raggie, wheres dirty, greezy clothes, outdated clothes that often have old NASCAR superstars on them. Raggies often have cars that are more expensive then their houses. or a car that is worthless. raggies donttake baths, they smell like beef.
by SteveMiller April 06, 2005
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A derogatory term used to classify people who are poor or dress poorly. Also can be used to call someone who acts like a low life. The term probably originated from poor people wearing rags.

The term seems to be used solely by New Englanders.
by J October 15, 2006
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People or Persons living in or originally from Winsted, Connecticut. Term used to describe most people that are different from a certain group.
"He's a raggie, he lives in Winsted"
"She's a raggie, she wears weird clothes"
et cetera.
by Mayor Good November 26, 2006
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