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

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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 This is much more than rich people participating in some fight to keep the riffraff off the lake. Washington Post, "Supporters of dead lake plan say rich residents are to blame," 27 Aug. 2017 Decapitated the Mexicans. Erected steel walls to keep the riffraff out. Sucked these hills barren of gold. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Sam Shepard: Man of the theater; the theater of a man," 31 July 2017 Looking freshly unexpected need not mean transmitting the careless disregard of today's airport riffraff. J.j. Martin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What to Wear at Night," 18 Nov. 2008 Here's how Cheryl K. Chumley at the Washington Times puts it: Clearing the colleges of riffraff; bringing back the atmosphere of learning and critical thinking. The Tylt, AL.com, "Are colleges harming America?," 18 July 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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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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