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

Definition of riffraff

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

Other Words from riffraff

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 By being difficult, the script kept the riffraff out. The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 Yes, the usual riffraff tried gatecrashing and engaged in drunken brawls. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 July 2021 Imagine the bargain-hunting riffraff such an establishment might attract. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 10 Mar. 2021 The common riffraff, the ones All too ready to mix it up. Douglas O. Linder, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2020 Then came the rare native Hawaiians, then the various riffraff of white newcomers from the continent, then the Chinese with their skill in amassing money. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 With the label maker, the riffraff of my kitchen—homemade dukkah! Preserved radish! Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 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, 13 June 2019 In , historian Ted Gioia reclaims the story of music for the riffraff, insurgents, and provocateurs. Ted Gioia, Smithsonian, 18 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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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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