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From ragged time according to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, in reference to its heavy use of syncopation.

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ragtime (countable and uncountable, plural ragtimes)

 
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  1. (music, uncountable) A musical form having a rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment.
  2. (music, countable) A piece of music in this style.

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