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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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  • She says she is suffering from "de very las' dregs of de yaller fever."

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She would drain the cup of pleasure, though the dregs might be bitter to the taste.

  • But Della drained her draught of joy to the dregs, and then tilted her cup anew.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • But, peace to his ashes—or rather to his dregs—and may there never be such another British colonel!

  • It might be likened to the dregs of love, all that remained after the potent wine of it had been drained off.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
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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