riffraff

noun

riff·​raff ˈrif-ˌraf How to pronounce riffraff (audio)
1
a
: disreputable persons
b
: rabble
c
: one of the riffraff
2
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 William is ready for the task and has no intention of being killed by rebels or any other riffraff in the forests of Virginia. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 8 July 2023 There’s a gate topped with barbed wire to keep the riffraff out, and then long and winding stairs down to the sea. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 Boba turned and scanned the alcoves again, ignoring the riffraff who stared at him, and raised his eyebrows at the sight of a familiar face. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2023 The Standard’s interior is sleek yet warm and devoid of riffraff. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 27 July 2023 Instead a complex system of semiotics did the job of weeding out the riffraff. wsj.com, 17 Apr. 2023 Block out the riffraff. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Other series like The Sims use reality as a canvas, using realistic imitations of your favorite house plants, candles, posters and the other riffraff that pepper your world to reconstruct a more relaxing one. Aigner Loren Wilson, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2023 This keeps the riffraff at bay, but can also cause the body to reject unrecognized things like transplanted organs. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2013 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of riffraff was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Riffraff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riffraff. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

riffraff

noun
riff·​raff ˈrif-ˌraf How to pronounce riffraff (audio)
1
: a class of people who are looked down upon : rabble
2
riffraff adjective

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