riffraff

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noun riff·raff \ˈrif-ˌraf\

Definition of riffraff

  1. 1a :  disreputable personsb :  rabblec :  one of the riffraff

  2. 2 :  refuse, rubbish

riffraff

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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

Origin and Etymology 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


RIFFRAFF Defined for English Language Learners

riffraff

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noun riff·raff \ˈrif-ˌraf\

Definition of riffraff for English Language Learners

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


RIFFRAFF Defined for Kids

riffraff

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noun riff·raff \ˈrif-ˌraf\

Definition of riffraff for Students

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



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