Dreg Dreg (dr[e^]g), n. [Prob. from Icel. dregg; akin to Sw. dr["a]gg, cf. Icel. & Sw. draga to draw. Cf. {Draw}.] 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; as, the dregs of society. [1913 Webster]

We, the dregs and rubbish of mankind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Note: Used formerly (rarely) in the singular, as by Spenser and Shakespeare, but now chiefly in the plural. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dreg — /dreg/, n. 1. dregs, the sediment of liquids; lees; grounds. 2. Usually, dregs. the least valuable part of anything: the dregs of society. 3. a small remnant; any small quantity. [1250 1300; ME < ON dreg yeast (pl. dreggjar dregs); c. OSw dräg… …   Universalium

  • dreg — dreg; dreg·gy; …   English syllables

  • Dreg — (Dreganker, Seew.), kleiner, meist viereckiger Anker, dessen Arme Klauen genannt werden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • dreg — see DREGS (Cf. dregs) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dreg — n. muddy residue; small amount of residue; small remainder …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dreg — [[t]drɛg[/t]] n. 1) dregs, the sediment of liquids; lees; grounds 2) Usu., dregs. the least valuable part of anything: the dregs of society[/ex] 3) a small remnant; any small quantity • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < ON dreg yeast (pl. dreggjar… …   From formal English to slang

  • dreg — /drɛg / (say dreg) noun a small remnant or quantity. {Middle English, from Old Norse dregg dreg} –dreggy, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • dreg — n. 1 (usu. in pl.) a a sediment; grounds, lees, etc. b a worthless part; refuse (the dregs of humanity). 2 a small remnant (not a dreg). Phrases and idioms: drain (or drink) to the dregs consume leaving nothing (drained life to the dregs).… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dreg — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse dregg; perhaps akin to Latin fraces dregs of oil Date: 14th century 1. sediment contained in a liquid or precipitated from it ; lees usually used in plural 2. the most undesirable par …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dreg — noun a) Sediment in a liquid. b) By extension, the lowest and most worthless part of something …   Wiktionary

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