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[dreg] /drɛg/
dregs, the sediment of liquids; lees; grounds.
Usually, dregs. the least valuable part of anything:
the dregs of society.
a small remnant; any small quantity.
Origin of dreg
1250-1300; Middle English < Old Norse dreg yeast (plural dreggjar dregs); cognate with Old Swedish dräg dregs Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dregs
  • 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.
  • What she uncovers is a web of secrets drawing together the mighty with the dregs of society.
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  • Archeologists can tell by sampling the dregs.
  • But amid the dregs are shards of brilliant, piercing writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for dregs


plural noun
solid particles that tend to settle at the bottom of some liquids, such as wine or coffee
residue or remains
(Brit, slang) a despicable person
Word Origin
C14 dreg, from Old Norse dregg; compare Icelandic dreggjar dregs, Latin fracēs oil dregs


a small quantity: not a dreg of pity See also dregs
Word Origin
see dregs
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Word Origin and History for dregs

c.1300 (implied in surname Dryngedregges), from Old Norse dregg "sediment," from Proto-Germanic *drag- (cf. Old High German trestir, German Trester "grapeskins, husks"), from PIE *dher- (1) "to make muddy." Replaced Old English cognate dræst, dærst "dregs, lees." Figurative use is from 1530s.



see dregs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dregs in the Bible

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

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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