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 Add apple cider, stock or the dregs from a bottle of wine. Ali Slagle, New York Times, "If You Can Boil Water, You Can Make Dinner," 12 May 2020 The Redskins expected to be a contender for the NFC East title, not scuffling among the dregs of the NFL. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL Week 6: Washington winless despite players’ pedigrees," 10 Oct. 2019 Because of the siege by intellectuals (never mind the dregs) on Jewish sovereignty and liberty and independence. David Kipen, Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: Author Cynthia Ozick will spend her 92nd birthday ‘contemplating mayhem’," 8 Apr. 2020 The Detroit Pistons have played poorly against the dregs of the Eastern Conference. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons light up depleted Washington Wizards, 132-102, snap losing streak," 27 Dec. 2019 This is a wintry beer, meant to warm you up during the dregs of January and February. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers spring training is on. Here are the beers you need to survive the season," 11 Feb. 2020 Erasing kids from the elements of play drains all the potential magic from this show, leaving us with mere Peter Pan dregs. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lego Masters': TV Review," 4 Feb. 2020 But as Memphis and Iowa a month ago showed, in contests against likely NCAA Tournament teams with deeper rosters than the dregs of the AAC, Cincinnati's bench has to contribute for the Bearcats to keep up. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati basketball's depth in question after loss at Memphis," 18 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Dreg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreg. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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