[ dreg ]
/ drɛg /


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

Origin of dreg

1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse dreg yeast (plural dreggjar dregs); cognate with Old Swedish dräg dregs
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British Dictionary definitions for dregs (1 of 2)

/ (drɛɡz) /

pl n

solid particles that tend to settle at the bottom of some liquids, such as wine or coffee
residue or remains
British slang a despicable person

Word Origin for dregs

C14 dreg, from Old Norse dregg; compare Icelandic dreggjar dregs, Latin fracēs oil dregs

British Dictionary definitions for dregs (2 of 2)

/ (drɛɡ) /


a small quantitynot a dreg of pity See also dregs

Word Origin for dreg

see dregs
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