riffraff


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riff·raff

(rĭf′răf′)
n.
1. People regarded as disreputable or worthless.
2. Rubbish; trash.

[Late Middle English riffe raffe, from Middle English rif and raf, everything, one and all, rubbish, rabble, ultimately (if the expression was not coined in Middle English from elements of French origin and then borrowed by Middle French) from Middle French and Anglo-Norman rifraf, rif et raf, altogether, as in emporter rif et raf, to take away everything, probably a reduplicated formation from Middle French rifler, to plunder (from Old French to brush up against, scratch; see rifle2) and Middle French rafer, to remove or make off with forcefully (from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch rapen, to gather, collect, and Middle High German raffen, to snatch, rip off).]

riffraff

(ˈrɪfˌræf)
n (sometimes functioning as plural)
1. worthless people, esp collectively; rabble
2. dialect worthless rubbish
[C15 rif and raf, from Old French rif et raf; related to rifler to plunder, and rafle a sweeping up; see rifle2, raffle]

riff•raff

(ˈrɪfˌræf)

n.
1. disreputable people.
2. the lowest classes; rabble.
3. trash; rubbish.
[1425–75; late Middle English rif and raf every particle, things of small value < Old French rif et raf]

riffraff

- Rif/riff, "spoil, strip," and raf, "carry off," combined as rif et raf in French, then went to English as riff and raff, "everything, every scrap," and then riffraff.
See also related terms for scrap.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riffraff - disparaging terms for the common people
common people, folk, folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
scum, trash - worthless people

riffraff

noun
A group of persons regarded as the lowest class:
Slang: scum.
Idioms: scum of the earth, tag and rag, the great unwashed.
Translations

riffraff

nPöbel m, → Gesindel nt

riffraff

[ˈrɪfˌræf] ngentaglia, canaglia
References in classic literature ?
He scoffed at them as adventures, mountebanks, sideshow riffraff, dime museum freaks; he assailed their showy titles with measureless derision; he said they were back-alley barbers disguised as nobilities, peanut peddlers masquerading as gentlemen, organ-grinders bereft of their brother monkey.
All the riffraff of the kingdom seemed to be comprehended in it; and all drunk at that.
He would entertain there the factor of Taiohae, captains of wandering traders, and all the best of the South Pacific riffraff.
There was a club in those days in Papeete, where the pearlers, traders, captains, and riffraff of South Sea adventurers forgathered.
TOP clubbing night riffraff returns next week with a stellar line-up.
Then get rid of the riffraff and give people a place to shop, said Rose Zehner, owner of Rose's Diner.
Contrast this with the emerging "Reagan doctrine," under whose precepts any rabble or riffraff is good enough.
Monthly house music shindig Riffraff returns to the Arena in Middlesbrough tomorrow night.
But he has been taken to the Last City, a gleaming steel-and-glass oasis surrounded by giant walls to keep out the infected -- and the riffraff.