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


raff (countable and uncountable, plural raffs)

  1. A promiscuous heap; a jumble; a large quantity; lumber; refuse.
    • Barrow
      A raff of errors.
  2. The common rabble or mob; riffraff.
  3. A low fellow; a churl.

Derived terms[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.
    • Carew
      Causes and effects which I thus raff up together.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.




  1. Imperative singular of raffen.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of raffen.