- 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
Examples from the Web for dregs
All the good stuff—the Oscar bait—comes out in November or December; the dregs are reserved for January and February.‘A Field in England’ Is a Psychedelic Cinematic Trip
February 9, 2014
They are not interested in the dregs from my stash of clothes.The Pointlessness of Some Disaster Charity After the Indian Floods
June 26, 2013
Having drunk the Clinton Global Initiative to the dregs, a hopey-changey hangover ensues.Is It Over? A 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Postmortem
September 26, 2012
The fish dies and is brought back to life—along with grandpa—with the dregs of a bag of chips.The 20 Best Super Bowl Commercials
The Daily Beast Video
February 7, 2011
Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
But Della drained her draught of joy to the dregs, and then tilted her cup anew.Tiverton Tales
The pimps of proxenetism are recruited from the dregs of society.The Sexual Question
There cling to him still the limitations and dregs of his brute life.
The sins of man are generally the dregs of his brute ancestry.
- 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
- a small quantitynot a dreg of pity See also dregs
Word Origin and History for dregs
c.1300 (implied in surname Dryngedregges), from Old Norse dregg "sediment," from Proto-Germanic *drag- (cf. Old High German trestir, German Trester "grapeskins, husks"), from PIE *dher- (1) "to make muddy." Replaced Old English cognate dræst, dærst "dregs, lees." Figurative use is from 1530s.