dreg

[dreg]
noun
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.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse dreg yeast (plural dreggjar dregs); cognate with Old Swedish dräg dregs

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dreg (drɛɡ)
 
n
See also dregs a small quantity: not a dreg of pity
 
[see dregs]

dregs (drɛɡz)
 
pl n
1.  solid particles that tend to settle at the bottom of some liquids, such as wine or coffee
2.  residue or remains
3.  slang (Brit) a despicable person
 
[C14 dreg, from Old Norse dregg; compare Icelandic dreggjar dregs, Latin fracēs oil dregs]

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Word Origin & History

dregs
c.1300, from O.N. dregg "sediment," from P.Gmc. *drag-. Replaced O.E. dræst, dærst.

dreg
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Dregs definition


(Ps. 75:8; Isa. 51:17, 22), the lees of wine which settle at the bottom of the vessel.

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Example sentences
Spring was dominated by the coverage of the war, summer by the dregs of reality.
His people like him who embrace a lack of imagination that are the dregs of
  industrial design.
We assembled our dregs of cash, bought one of the new locks and went to work.
First up is the dregs from a bottle of medoc.
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