dregs

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See dreg.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dregs pl ‎(plural only)

  1. (collectively) The sediment settled at the bottom of a liquid; the lees in a container of unfiltered wine.
  2. (figuratively, the dregs) The worst and lowest part of something.
    • the dregs of society
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter 9
      Yet even now I had not drunk the bitter potion to the dregs; I was not yet persuaded of my loss; I did not yet feel in every pulsation, in every nerve, in every thought, that I remained alone of my rase - that I was The Last Man.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The singular form dreg is far less common, but the phrase to the last dreg still has currency.

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