raff

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English raf, from Old French raffer, of Germanic origin; compare German raffen, akin to rap (to snatch). Compare riffraff, rip (to tear).

Noun[edit]

raff (countable and uncountable, plural raffs)

  1. A promiscuous heap; a jumble; a large quantity; lumber; refuse.
    • 1680, Isaac Barrow, A Discourse Concerning The Unity Of The Church
      A raff of errors.
  2. The common rabble or mob; riffraff.
  3. A low fellow; a churl.
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Verb[edit]

raff (third-person singular simple present raffs, present participle raffing, simple past and past participle raffed)

  1. To sweep, snatch, draw, or huddle together; to take by a promiscuous sweep.
    • 1602, Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall
      Causes and effects which I thus raffe up together.

Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

raff (plural raffs)

  1. (nautical) A three-cornered sail set on a schooner when before the wind.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for raff in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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German[edit]

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  • (file)

Verb[edit]

raff

  1. singular imperative of raffen
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of raffen

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

raff

  1. Soft mutation of rhaff.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
rhaff raff unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “raff”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies