AskDefine | Define dregs

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dregs n : sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid [syn: grounds, settlings]

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Noun

dregs plural (the singular form dreg is far less common, the phrase to the last dreg still has currency)
  1. (collectively) The sediment settled at the bottom of a liquid; the lees in a container of unfiltered wine.
  2. (figuratively, the dregs) The worst and lowest part of something.
    the dregs of society

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Translations

settled sediment
the worst and lowest

Extensive Definition

Dregs may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alluvion, alluvium, ash, bones, canaille, cattle, chaff, children of darkness, cinder, clinker, culm, deadwood, deposit, deposition, deposits, diluvium, dishwater, draff, dregs of society, dross, dust, ember, feces, filings, froth, garbage, gash, grounds, hogwash, husks, leavings, lees, limbs of Satan, loess, losers, masses, mob, moraine, offal, offscourings, offscum, orts, outcasts, pariahs, parings, potsherds, precipitate, precipitation, proletariat, rabble, raff, rags, ragtag and bobtail, raspings, refuse, remains, residue, riffraff, rubbish, scoria, scourings, scrap iron, scraps, scum, sediment, settlings, shards, shavings, silt, sinter, slack, slag, slop, slops, smut, sons of Belial, sons of men, soot, sordes, stubble, sublimate, sweepings, swill, swinish multitude, tares, the bad, the evil, the reprobate, the unrighteous, the wicked, trash, unwashed, vermin, wastage, waste, waste matter, wastepaper, weeds
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