Riffraff meaning

rĭfrăf
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People regarded as disreputable or worthless.
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Rubbish; trash.
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Those people regarded as worthless, disreputable, etc.; rabble.
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Worthless stuff.
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The rabble; crowds; the common people.

They started charging a modest fee in an effort to keep the riffraff out.

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Low class, ghetto, indigent.
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Origin of riffraff

  • 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 rifle2 Old French raffler to carry off (from raffle act of seizing raffle1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition