dregs


dregs
dregs c.1300 (implied in surname Dryngedregges), from O.N. dregg "sediment," from P.Gmc. *drag- (Cf. O.H.G. trestir, Ger. Trester "grapeskins, husks"), from PIE *dher- (1) "to make muddy." Replaced O.E. cognate dræst, dærst "dregs, lees." Figurative use is from 1530s.

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  • dregs — [dregz] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: dregg] 1.) [plural] a small amount of a drink, sometimes with bits in, left at the bottom of a cup, glass, or bottle 2.) the dregs of society/humanity not polite an offensive expression used to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dregs — [n1] sediment deposits, dirt, draff, lees, residue, settlings, slag, waste; concept 260 dregs [n2] bad person loser, outcast, rabble, riffraff, scum, trash; concept 412 …   New thesaurus

  • dregs — ► NOUN 1) the remnants of a liquid left in a container, together with any sediment. 2) the most worthless parts: the dregs of society. ORIGIN probably Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • dregs — [dregz] pl.n. [ME dregges, pl. of dregge < ON dregg, barm, lees < IE * dherēgh, residue: for base see DARK] 1. the particles of solid matter that settle at the bottom in a liquid; lees 2. the most worthless part [the dregs of society] 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • dregs — sediment, *deposit, precipitate, lees, grounds …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dregs — [[t]dre̱gz[/t]] 1) N PLURAL: usu the N (disapproval) The dregs of a liquid are the last drops left at the bottom of a container, together with any solid bits that have sunk to the bottom. Colum drained the dregs from his cup. 2) N PLURAL: usu the …   English dictionary

  • dregs — plural noun 1) the dregs from a bottle of wine Syn: sediment, deposit, residue, accumulation, sludge, lees, grounds, remains; technical residuum 2) the dregs of humanity Syn: scum, refuse, riffraff …   Thesaurus of popular words


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