noun \ˈrif-ˌraf\

: people who are not respectable : people who have very low social status

Full Definition of RIFFRAFF

a :  disreputable persons
b :  rabble
c :  one of the riffraff
riffraff adjective

Examples of RIFFRAFF

  1. Try not to associate with that riffraff.
  2. <the sight of piles and piles of riffraff at the town dump was a sobering reminder that we are indeed a society of consumers>

Origin of RIFFRAFF

Middle English ryffe raffe, from rif and raf every single one, from Anglo-French rif e raf altogether
First Known Use: 15th century


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