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dreg

[dreg] /drɛg/
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
1250-1300; Middle English < Old Norse dreg yeast (plural dreggjar dregs); cognate with Old Swedish dräg dregs
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British Dictionary definitions for dregs

dregs

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

dreg

/drɛɡ/
noun
1.
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
n.

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.

dreg

n.

see dregs.

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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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