(French, maroufle). A muff or muffin is a poor
thing of a creature, a “regular muff;” so that a ragamuffin is a sorry
creature in rags.
“I have led my ragamuffins where they are peppered.” —Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., v. 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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