- those people regarded as worthless, disreputable, etc.; rabble
- Dialectal worthless stuff
Origin: earlier rif and raf, every scrap from Old French rif et raf, rifle et rafle: see rifle and amp; raffle
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- People regarded as disreputable or worthless.
- Rubbish; trash.
Origin: Middle 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 rifle2 + Old French raffler, to carry off (from raffle, act of seizing; see raffle1).