- [often with pl. v.] those people regarded as worthless, disreputable, etc.; rabble
- Dial. worthless stuff
Origin of riffraffearlier rif and raf, every scrap from Old French rif et raf, rifle et rafle: see rifle and raffle
- People regarded as disreputable or worthless.
- Rubbish; trash.
Origin of riffraffMiddle English riffe raffe from rif and raf one and all from Anglo-Norman rif et raf, rifle et rafle Old French rifler to rifle ; see rifle 2. Old French raffler to carry off ( from raffle act of seizing ; see raffle 1. )