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.
Origin of dreg
- Middle English dreg from Old Norse dregg
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").