Word of the day

The word for today is…

riffraff (noun) – 1. People regarded as disreputable or worthless.
2. Rubbish; trash.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Also riff-raff, late 15th century, from earlier rif and raf “one and all, everybody, every scrap,” also “sweepings, refuse” (mid-14th century), from Old French rif et raf, from rifler “to spoil, strip”. Second element from raffler “carry off,” related to rafle “plundering,” or from raffer “to snatch, to sweep together”.


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