Definition of dregs in English:

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Pronunciation: /dreɡz/

plural noun

1The remnants of a liquid left in a container, together with any sediment or grounds: coffee dregs
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  • This fits directly below the machine, holds a container for coffee dregs and has space for a number of cups and saucers as well as filters and other accessories, all of which are dishwasher-proof.
  • Greeks also ‘knock wood’ to guard against misfortune, and reading one's fortunes in the patterns of coffee dregs remains popular.
  • ‘Oh well,’ I say, draining the dregs of my coffee.
sediment, deposit, residue, accumulation, sludge, lees, grounds, remains
technical residuum
1.1The most worthless part or parts of something: the dregs of society
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  • But yeah, cop shows - especially those that purport to be ‘gritty’ - are nearly always about the hero keeping us safe from society's lower dregs.
  • The political landscape may not have been irretrievably transformed, but we at last have a breed of politicians who have a chance to prove they can do better than ‘the dregs of society’.
  • At one end are public figures whilst at the other are the dregs of society.
scum, refuse, riffraff, outcasts, deadbeats;
underclass, untouchables, lowest of the low, great unwashed, hoi polloi
informal trash



Pronunciation: /ˈdreɡē/
Example sentences
  • From her point of view, Maya could see that Jenny had lost the lively glow of tan on her skin and now looked dull and dreggy.
  • This kind of stuff can happen, and even then quite rarely, on the dreggy squads of the league.
  • Is our society so dreggy?


Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish drägg (plural).

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Syllabification: dregs

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