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  1. dregs, the sediment of liquids; lees; grounds.
  2. Usually dregs. the least valuable part of anything: the dregs of society.
  3. a small remnant; any small quantity.
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Origin of dreg

1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse dreg yeast (plural dreggjar dregs); cognate with Old Swedish dräg dregs
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Related Words for dreg

residue, lees, dirt, slag, waste, settlings, outcast, riffraff, rabble, loser, scum, trash, draff

Examples from the Web for dreg

Historical Examples of dreg

  • Something will occur to dreg my expected draught of happiness with sorrow.


    Effie Afton

  • Surely he didn't tell you to dreg the stones on to the trep?

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell

  • I will drink the cup which thou hast mingled, and not a dreg of any of its ingredients shall be left for my people.

  • I will drink the cup which Thou hast mingled, and not a dreg of any of its ingredients shall be left for my people.

    Christmas Evans

    Paxton Hood

  • That friend, the spirit of thy themeExtracting for your ease, Will leave to me the dreg, in thoughtsToo common; such as these.

British Dictionary definitions for dreg


  1. a small quantitynot a dreg of pity See also dregs
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Word Origin for dreg

see dregs
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Word Origin and History for dreg


see dregs.

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