to sweep, snatch, draw, or huddle together; to take by a promiscuous sweep
a promiscuous heap; a jumble; a large quantity; lumber; refuse
the sweepings of society; the rabble; the mob; -- chiefly used in the compound or duplicate, riffraff
a low fellow; a churl
Origin: [OF. raffer, of German origin; cf. G. raffen; akin to E. rap to snatch. See Rap, and cf. Riffraff, Rip to tear.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
raf, n. the sweepings of society, the rabble: the riff-raff: rubbish: a low worthless fellow, a rowdy.—v.t. (obs.) to snatch, to sweep off.—adj. Raff′ish, worthless. [O. Fr. raffer, to catch; cog. with Ger. raffen, to snatch; cf. Riff-raff.]
Raffe, raf, n. (naut.) a three-cornered sail set on a schooner when before the wind.—Also Raff′ie.
The numerical value of raff in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of raff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There used to be a saying that 40 below keeps out the riff-raff, that's not true anymore.
We don’t expect these companies to experience much success. Equity crowdfunding isn’t easy or inexpensive, and the SEC has important safeguards like bad actor checks and reporting requirements that will eliminate most of the riff-raff, plus, the public is sophisticated these days and has access to enough information to make well-informed decisions.
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