from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The sediment in a liquid; lees. Often used in the plural.
- n. The basest or least desirable portion. Often used in the plural: the dregs of humanity.
- n. A small amount; a residue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Sediment in a liquid.
- n. By extension, the lowest and most worthless part of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Corrupt or defiling matter contained in a liquid, or precipitated from it; refuse; feculence; lees; grounds; sediment; hence, the vilest and most worthless part of anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or colloquial singular of dregs.
- n. An obsolete form of dredge.
- An obsolete form of dredge
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small amount of residue
Middle English dreg, from Old Norse dregg.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Icelandic dregg. Cognate with Albanian ndrag ("to make dirty, to foul"), dra ("sediments of dairy products or liquids") (Wiktionary)