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Meaning of RAFF

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Raff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raffed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Raffing}.] [OF. raffer, of German origin; cf. G. raffen;
    akin to E. rap to snatch. See {Rap}, and cf. {Riffraff},
    {Rip} to tear.]
    To sweep, snatch, draw, or huddle together; to take by a
    promiscuous sweep. [Obs.]
    
          Causes and effects which I thus raff up together.
                                                   --Carew.
    
    
  2. \Raff\, n.
    1. A promiscuous heap; a jumble; a large quantity; lumber;
       refuse. ``A raff of errors.'' --Barrow.
    
    2. The sweepings of society; the rabble; the mob; -- chiefly
       used in the compound or duplicate, riffraff.
    
    3. A low fellow; a churl.
    
    {Raff merchant}, a dealer in lumber and odd refuse. [Prov.
       Eng.]
    
    
 

 

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