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Raff

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Raff A low fellow; a churl.
    • Raff A promiscuous heap; a jumble; a large quantity; lumber; refuse. "A raff of errors."
    • Raff The sweepings of society; the rabble; the mob; -- chiefly used in the compound or duplicate, riffraff.
    • v. t Raff rȧf To sweep, snatch, draw, or huddle together; to take by a promiscuous sweep. "Causes and effects which I thus raff up together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • raff To sweep; snatch, draw, or huddle together; take by a promiscuous sweep.
    • n raff A promiscuous heap or collection; a jumble; a medley.
    • n raff Trashy material; lumber; rubbish; refuse.
    • n raff Abundance; affluence.
    • n raff A worthless or disorderly person; a rowdy; a scapegrace: now applied to students of Oxford by the townspeople.
    • n raff Collectively, worthless persons; the scum or sweepings of society; the rabble. Compare riffraff.
    • raff Idle; dissolute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Raff raf the sweepings of society, the rabble: the riff-raff: rubbish: a low worthless fellow, a rowdy
    • v.t Raff (obs.) to snatch, to sweep off
    • n Raff raf (naut.) a three-cornered sail set on a schooner when before the wind
    • Raff Also Raff′ie
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. raffer, of German origin; cf. G. raffen,; akin to E. rap, to snatch. See Rap, and cf. Riffraff Rip to tear

Usage

In literature:

Jill, Raff had better ring up on the gong, tell him.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
They then helped Raff to reach the ground.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
Walford mentions also Rat's Castle, a rendezvous for all the riff-raff of the neighbourhood.
"Holborn and Bloomsbury" by Sir Walter Besant
Raff's Ranche: A Story of Adventure among Cowboys and Indians.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
And Rord Narf raff and say he wirr marry Princess Ryra today before your dead body is even coor.
"--And Devious the Line of Duty" by Tom Godwin
Do you think we have nought to do but to open the door for such raff as you?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV." by Various
The riff-raff of the crowd consisted of the lowest class of Arabs of the city.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
It is perhaps modeled somewhat on a suite by Raff.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
This boat's too full of what I call riff-raff.
"Marge Askinforit" by Barry Pain
Half a score of the riff-raff of the dale were seated amid clouds of smoke.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Sir Raff Ellerker married Jane, daughter of John Arden, Esq.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
On the porch a sullen crowd of backwoods riff-raff lounged in silence, awaiting events.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Raff Joslyn, Will'm Horne.
"A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483" by Anonymous
Raffe always says it is impossible.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
How you be dar, unless you on de big raff?
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
He has the riff-raff of the world on his pay-roll.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Raff's Suite in C (Opus 101) given in New York City, by Theodore Thomas.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
You've again wasted my housekeeping money on scum and riff-raff.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The riff-raff acted exactly as at any of their own celebrations and feastings.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
I'll have the lot of you hanged, precious riff-raff that you are!
"Old-Time Stories" by Charles Perrault
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In poetry:

Ser Jorg, the worthe Loumle,
A knyghte of great renowen,
Ser Raff, the ryche Rugbe,
With dyntes wear beaten dowene.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
They gaed fast doun the hill, their custom fell aff;
Their hoose it was haunted by a' the riff-raff,
Wha watch'd weel the time whan Mysie was fou;
An' mony a lawin' her haun' never drew.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Riff Raff and 50 Tyson.
Riff Raff and 50 Tyson two of all the greatest rappers of our time get together to drop a track.
Kitty Pryde on Riff Raff, candy, and going viral.
Don't just laugh at Riff Raff.
A Brief Primer On Riff Raff, The (Really Good) Houston Rapper Who Will Be Portrayed On Screen By James Franco.
Collaborating with Soulja Boy — the man who instructed America to "superman that ho" — hasn't helped Riff Raff's case.
Reality-Show Riff-Raff Enjoy a Fashion Show for Fido.
Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune Margaret and Michael King shop in the produce area at Smith's Food and Drug in Salt Lake City on Wednesdsay, Nov 14, 2012.
(Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune) Margaret and Michael King shop in the produce area at Smith's Food and Drug in Salt Lake City on Wednesdsay, Nov 14, 2012.
Samuel Raff, president of the Bethesda Corp.
Benko Products Inc.'s patented Model M-26 G-RAFF Elevating Platform is specifically designed for tank/bulk trucks.
INTERVIEWS RiFF RaFF Salutes Chief Keef in Woozy 'Chop Another Rock' Video.
Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune Donna McCormick, who was diagnosed with MS several years ago, says getting to the polls can be difficult for people with physical disabilities.
Kim Raff Tribune file photo Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall can play a mean banjo, but can't explain the Raiders' popularity.
(Kim Raff The Salt Lake Tribune) Rico Peter drives Switzerland 1 around curve 6 during heat 1 of the FIBT 4 Man Bobsled World Cup at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah on November 17, 2012.
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In science:

Alberts B., Bray D., Lewis J., Raff M., Roberts K. and Watson J.D. (1994): The molecular biology of the cell, (Garland, New York). 3.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Master Thesis, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2008. Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Albert, B., Bray, D., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K., and Watson, J.D. (1989) Molecular Biology of the Cell 2nd Edition (Garland).
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
Raff and Sly pointed out that modularity enables the evolution of ontogeny because it makes three processes possible: the dissociation of developmental processes (e.g. heterochrony), the duplication and subsequent divergence of developmental modules, and the co-option of features into new functions .
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
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