A. adj. Esp. of a group of people: ragged, rambling, straggling; disorganized; disreputable.
Freq. with allusion to the folk song The Raggle Taggle Gypsy (see quot. 1904).
1891 S. BARING-GOULD Urith xi. 84 A raggle-taggle, beggarly crew. 1904 in C. J. Sharp & C. L. Marson Folk Songs from Somerset 1st Ser. 19 What care I for my house and my land? What care I for my money, O? What care I for my new wedded lord? I'm off with the wraggle taggle gipsies, O! 1913 C. MACKENZIE Sinister St. I. I. ii. 29 He made up his mind..that it was better to be a raggle-taggle wanderer than anything else. 1923 J. BUCHAN Midwinter i. 34 My companions are the moor-men and..the raggle-taggle gypsies. 1942 C. BARRETT On Wallaby vi. 122 It was a Paddy's market day and a raggle-taggle crowd had gathered to bargain shrewdly and noisily. 1970 N. BAWDEN Birds on Trees v. 83 It's not easy for someone of my generation to accept this raggle-taggle look, we had a bit more self-respect. 1977 ‘O. JACKS’ Autumn Heroes viii. 118 How would you rate your raggle-taggle band of poorly armed warriors? 1993 Wire Feb. 62/2 It's easy to hear the seeds of the composer's current obsessions, infused with the raggle taggle spirit of the age.
B. n. A straggling, disorganized, or disreputable group of people; (also) a wanderer, a rover (rare).
1933 W. STARKIE (title) Raggle-taggle. 1958 Times 19 Mar. 7/4 President Nasser's permanent Afro-Asian gueststhat Cairo raggle-taggle ranging from the permanent representatives of the Algerian National Liberation Front on the one hand to the office of the Deputy Imam of Oman on the other. 1972 ‘H. CALVIN’ Take Two Popes ii. 18 The Curia..considered all non-Italians as an unfortunate raggle-taggle. 1991 J. BARNES Talking it Over xiv. 206 Below the salt a raggle-taggle of lunchers did their best to feign polite lack of interest in the jocund wedding party.http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50196427?...