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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A promiscuous heap; a jumble; a large quantity; lumber; refuse.
  • n. The common rabble or mob; riffraff.
  • n. A low fellow; a churl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A promiscuous heap; a jumble; a large quantity; lumber; refuse.
  • n. The sweepings of society; the rabble; the mob; -- chiefly used in the compound or duplicate, riffraff.
  • n. A low fellow; a churl.
  • transitive v. To sweep, snatch, draw, or huddle together; to take by a promiscuous sweep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sweep; snatch, draw, or huddle together; take by a promiscuous sweep.
  • n. A promiscuous heap or collection; a jumble; a medley.
  • n. Trashy material; lumber; rubbish; refuse.
  • n. Abundance; affluence.
  • n. A worthless or disorderly person; a rowdy; a scapegrace: now applied to students of Oxford by the townspeople.
  • n. Collectively, worthless persons; the scum or sweepings of society; the rabble. Compare riffraff.
  • Idle; dissolute.

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