- 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 (“sediment") (whence also Icelandic dregg). Cognate with Albanian ndrag (“to make dirty, to foul"), dra (“sediments of dairy products or liquids").