Origin of riffraff
Examples from the Web for riffraff
Unheard-of titles were then needed to catch the eye, ridiculous and ghastly frontispieces to tickle the fancy of the riffraff.The Printed Book|Henri Bouchot
The garrison was a riffraff of all the armies that had wasted Ireland, and they were fighting men fit for their work.Nuala O'Malley|H. Bedford-Jones
Here all the riffraff that had been unable to establish itself in better quarters had found some sort of a haven.Police Your Planet|Lester del Rey
If he was of the riffraff of the streets, as his companions were, he was somehow different.The Lost Prince|Frances Hodgson Burnett
But it is for the best though; if I do not trust to the riffraff of Ujiji, I must wait for other men at least ten months there.
British Dictionary definitions for riffraff
noun (sometimes functioning as plural)
Word Origin for riffraff
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.)).