riffraff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n riffraff disparaging terms for the common people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Riffraff Sweepings; refuse; the lowest order of society.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n riffraff Scraps; refuse; rubbish; trash.
    • n riffraff The rabble.
    • n riffraff Sport; fun.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rif and raf, every particle, OF. rif et raf,. CF. Raff and 1st, Rifle

Usage

In literature:

We'll destroy Marsport before we'll give in to a doped-up crowd of riffraff!
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
I pay high enough wages for this riffraff.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The riffraff drifts to town from the country as the Roman proletariat gravitated to the capital in the days of decadence.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
He can't hold his riffraff long.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Riffraff, that's what they are.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
This was not the riffraff of the camp.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
The Riffraffs represented an injured faction.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
She would know nothing of the riffraff of this camp.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
It became later a mean hovel, the rendezvous for the scum and riffraff of the neighbourhood.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
You can't do anything with that sort of riffraff.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
It was easy to tell the old-timers from the riffraff of newcomers.
"Gold" by Stewart White
I ain't required by law to gas with all the riffraff that sails this here canal.
"The Corner House Girls Growing Up" by Grace Brooks Hill
But the rest seem to be scum and riffraff.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
Was it the riffraff or the gentry, I'd like to know?
"Barbara Ladd" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He picked up his hat from the carpet, murmured something like "riffraff," and disappeared.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Is it necessary to feed such riffraff?
"Peggy Owen Patriot" by Lucy Foster Madison
A lot of riffraff and ragamuffins.
"Peggy Owen at Yorktown" by Lucy Foster Madison
You call it nothing, sir, that his Majesty's Commission has been flouted for six hours past by all the riffraff of the Docks?
"Chippinge Borough" by Stanley J. Weyman
So he organized a police force and therewith proceeded to take care of that riffraff population.
"My Life" by Josiah Flynt
Ample proof, however, exists that they were but the riffraff of the Order.
"The Great Strike on the 'Q'" by John A. Hall
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In news:

But this winter, being above the riffraff was too much for North America's highest astronomical observatory.
Manhattan's riffraff ends up in Brooklyn.
This cell door kept in some the areas outlaws, scoundrels and other riffraff.
Alden Pinnell's Power Station : Where the Art Elite and the Riffraff Meet.
Police are searching for 44-year-old Jackie Barcliff in connection with the rape of a woman at the South Street Seaport on Monday, and the police will have you know that he's been known to hang around with riffraff.
WEDNESDAYS FROM 7-9AM WITH DA BEAR AND RIFFRAFF.
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