dreg

noun
\ ˈdreg How to pronounce dreg (audio) \

Definition of dreg

1 : sediment contained in a liquid or precipitated (see precipitate entry 1 sense 3a) from it : lees usually used in pluralcoffee dregs at the bottom of the cup
2 : the most undesirable part usually used in pluralthe dregs of society
3 : the last remaining part : vestige usually used in pluralthe last dregs of fuel

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Other Words from dreg

dreggy \ ˈdre-​gē How to pronounce dreggy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dreg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After six games this year, the Lovie Smith era looked like an utter failure, as his record against FBS opponents fell to 9-31 with nearly all of those wins coming against the dregs of college football. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Week 10 observations: Pac-12 still has chance at Playoff thanks to Oregon and Utah," 3 Nov. 2019 Clemson — Speaking of weak schedules, the Tigers have also played some of the dregs of the ACC this year. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "AL.com All-Access: Predicting the initial College Football Playoff Top 4 for 2019," 5 Nov. 2019 The employees open up the bags and pull the dregs out with their bare hands, separating the bubble tea, watermelon slices and expired tofu. Washington Post, "Shanghai tries to reduce its trash, 1 chicken bone at a time," 31 July 2019 Far too often, the Pac-12 Network is left with the dregs. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "College football kicks off: Top stories to watch," 29 Aug. 2019 Tap the kegs and drink to the dregs, girls and boys. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Bo Nix is a liability; So are Alabama linebackers," 29 Aug. 2019 One turns into 25, a bowl of dip becomes dregs to be excavated for flavor with the last crumbly few shards in the bag. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "We tried 13 popular potato chip brands, and our top and bottom picks might just surprise you," 22 Aug. 2019 Over the past five years, the company has acquired the dregs of the dot-com economy that Facebook and others eviscerated. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Work Ruined Email," 2 Aug. 2019 Con artists in guru disguises Even as the counterculture began slouching toward narcissism, the dregs of the original hippie impulse had sprung out of Spahn Ranch in horrifically grotesque form. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Times, "Woodstock glorified them. Tarantino barbecued them. In 2019, whither the hippie?," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dreg

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dreg

Middle English, from Old Norse dregg; perhaps akin to Latin fraces dregs of oil

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8 Dec 2019

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“Dreg.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreg. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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