- people, or a group of people, regarded as disreputable or worthless: a pack of riffraff.
- the lowest classes; rabble: the riffraff of the city.
- trash; rubbish.
- worthless, disreputable, or trashy.
Origin of riffraff
Examples from the Web for riffraff
Both in town and country, the riffraff of the houseboat element are in disfavor.Afloat on the Ohio
Reuben Gold Thwaites
We'll destroy Marsport before we'll give in to a doped-up crowd of riffraff!Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
No riffraff friend of mine, but a regular NUN—a saint—do you hear?
It brought to the scene a mixed throng of the riffraff of the camp.
A throng of the riffraff of the Street swarmed in front of the building.
- worthless people, esp collectively; rabble
- dialect worthless rubbish
Word Origin and History for riffraff
also riff-raff, late 15c., from earlier rif and raf "one and all, everybody, every scrap," also "sweepings, refuse" (mid-14c.), from Old French rif et raf, from rifler "to spoil, strip" (see rifle (v.)). Second element from raffler "carry off," related to rafle "plundering," or from raffer "to snatch, to sweep together" (see raffle (n.)).