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.

 

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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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