- The sediment in a liquid, such as wine or coffee.
- The basest or least desirable portion: the dregs of humanity.
- A small amount; a residue: “She would head straight for the kitchen, clinging to the dregs of her energy, not allowing herself to relax before getting the supper on” (Lynn Coady).
Origin of dregMiddle English dreg, from Old Norse dregg.
This term is usually used in plural: see dregs.
From Old Norse dregg (â€œsedimentâ€) (whence also Icelandic dregg). Cognate with Albanian ndrag (â€œto make dirty, to foulâ€), dra (â€œsediments of dairy products or liquidsâ€).