Likely from ragged + time, in reference to its heavy use of syncopation, or from rag, an American dialect term for a dance ball.
ragtime (countable and uncountable, plural ragtimes)
- (music, uncountable) A musical form having a rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment.
- (music, countable) A piece of music in this style.
- ^ Barry Kernfield (1988) The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, page unknown
- ^ “ragtime” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018, retrieved 17 November 2017.