Definition of riffraff in English:

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riffraff

Pronunciation: /ˈrifraf/

noun

Disreputable or undesirable people: I don’t think they talk to riffraff off the street
More example sentences
  • The reason that we bought these seats is because we don't want to be bothered with the general riff-raff.
  • They let in all sorts of riff-raff here, don't they?
  • While I think programs and materials for the gifted are fine and good, I worry about meetings like this in which the dominant sentiment is that the only way to educate the gifted is to remove them from the company of mere mortal riff-raff.
Synonyms
rabble, scum, good-for-nothings, undesirables, lowlifes, hoi polloi, lowest of the low, peasants

Origin

Late 15th century (as riff and raff): from Old French rif et raf 'one and all, every bit', of Germanic origin.

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Syllabification: riff·raff

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