riffraff

noun riff·raff \ ˈrif-ˌraf \

Definition of riffraff

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

riffraff

adjective

Examples of riffraff in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of riffraff

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


RIFFRAFF Defined for English Language Learners

riffraff

noun

Definition of riffraff for English Language Learners

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


RIFFRAFF Defined for Kids

riffraff

noun riff·raff \ ˈrif-ˌraf \

Definition of riffraff for Students

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


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