riff·​raff | \ ˈrif-ˌraf How to pronounce riffraff (audio) \

Definition of riffraff

1a : disreputable persons
b : rabble
c : one of the riffraff

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riffraff adjective

Examples of riffraff in a Sentence

Try not to associate with that riffraff. the sight of piles and piles of riffraff at the town dump was a sobering reminder that we are indeed a society of consumers
Recent Examples on the Web With the label maker, the riffraff of my kitchen—homemade dukkah! Preserved radish! Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "My Label Maker Lets Me Pretend That Everything Is Under Control," 23 Apr. 2020 Tour buses are no longer allowed to cruise the street, and the stores have other ways to keep out the riffraff. Laura Randall, Washington Post, "Rodeo Drive is a dead end. Try Century City for a more interesting luxe shopping experience.," 13 June 2019 In , historian Ted Gioia reclaims the story of music for the riffraff, insurgents, and provocateurs. Ted Gioia, Smithsonian, "The Tragic Story of America’s First Black Music Star," 18 Oct. 2019 In those days, design students were not allowed to go to the school lunchroom because we weren’t supposed to mingle with the art school riffraff. New York Times, "Anna Sui, Fashion’s Favorite Daughter, Gets Her Day in the Sun," 3 Oct. 2019 Aaron wants stars, aspiring-stars, and pure riffraff in the same loud room with garage ops and billion-dollar corporations. Cole Louison, GQ, "Agenda Trade Show Founder Aaron Levant's Long, Strange Trip," 3 Apr. 2018 Right now, companies and governments want to make sure that the riffraff is out of the space so that the masses can trust it. Rose Minutaglio, Cosmopolitan, "3 Things You Should Know About Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies," 31 Jan. 2018 She was raised on a 3,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Barbara, and in isolation since, in Francis’s view, even the local gentry was riffraff. Lili Anolik, Vanities, "Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot, and Totally Doomed Romance," 14 Dec. 2017 But at Goethals, prospective buyers have to pass a screening interview with Mr. Valente, who keeps out the riffraff. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Staten Island Special: City’s Only Trailer Park Fetches Record Price for New Home," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of riffraff

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for riffraff

Middle English ryffe raffe, from rif and raf every single one, from Anglo-French rif e raf altogether

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“Riffraff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riffraff. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of riffraff

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


riff·​raff | \ ˈrif-ˌraf How to pronounce riffraff (audio) \

Kids Definition of riffraff

: a group of people who are not considered respectable or honest

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