from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. People regarded as disreputable or worthless.
- n. Rubbish; trash.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The rabble; crowds; the common people.
- n. low class, ghetto, indigent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sweepings; refuse; the lowest order of society.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Scraps; refuse; rubbish; trash.
- n. The rabble.
- n. Sport; fun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. disparaging terms for the common people
I think the Campbells using the term riffraff (one word by the way) was unfortunate, because from context they mean criminals and the term riffraff has additional social class connotations that are inappropriate.
And yet, for a city of this size, more than the usual combing of the riffraff is necessary.
The titled riffraff that had adorned the Louis XV-du
"I hope to... work with the alternative people, all the so-called riffraff, to give them legal representation that is not judgmental."
Riffraff of the riffraff are his friends now, same as they were here.
I resent being called riffraff because I go to a casino.
True, but think how much better off we are now that our universities accept "riffraff" such as women, the poor, and the non-white.
And to top it all off, they're so incompetant at keeping out the "riffraff" that they let the most famous atheist in the world in!
They complained that their beautiful street would be ruined by the kind of riffraff that had to live in a single room for weekly rent.
Caramon thought the episode was funny, however, and for the next mile he minced along the side of the wagon on his tiptoes, his handkerchief covering his face, feigning to be disgusted by them all and shouting "riffraff" in falsetto tones.