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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.

We, the dregs and rubbish of mankind.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see dregs.


n. 1 sediment in a liquid. 2 By extension, the lowest and most worthless part of something.


n. a small amount of residue


Usage examples of "dreg".

Still others lolled at ease, their surcoats unlaced, passing the dregs of broached spirits between them.

Dolban, and of Saint Camber himself, before draining the cup to its dregs.

Zach asked when the coffee was down to dregs and the crullers reduced to a few crumbs.

The dalesman hit the floor with a muffled thud, his blood mixing with the dregs of the spilled wine.

Sitting outside Le Trianon in an area roped off from pedestrians, the thin blond observer with the flowing beard and tangled dreadlocks washed down his second croissant with the dregs of his third capuccino: and wished that what passed for breakfast at the madersa where he was staying would feed more than a stray mouse.

Purple dregs were about as dreggy as they came, yabbos what barely came up to the min standards for being losers.

Calumet Street enters a slum where dregs settle to a small Skid Row, no less pitiable than the massive human swamps in New York, London, Moscow, Chicago, Calcutta.

Chapter Twenty Four: The Dregs of the Cup Saladin looked at them, but gave them no greeting.

Say, Franks, are you prepared to drink the dregs of that cup I promised you?

Hari swiftly learned that he was safer amon, the dregs of the Mission District than he was with his father.

Leaning back, she emptied the dregs of cha over his boot, smiled, looked up at him, smiled again, saying nothing.

I, who had thrown over the last weak dregs of Christian belief long ago, should care what a passel of pretentious, self-important priests thought or how they occupied their idle days seemed a peculiar absurdity, even to me.

Most of the boys were already stripping armor, and the general ordered a cohort to go and finish off the dregs, you know.

Diet convenes, and we from the Outer Systems may find ourselves eating the half-dead dregs, which would be unfortunate.

He sucked in a deep gulp of the scented air, conscious of a wisp of an idea crouching forlornly in the dregs of his brain.