- a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups.
- to play on a fife.
Origin of fife
Examples from the Web for fifer
It is my honourable friend (if he will allow me to call him so) the fifer.The Uncommercial Traveller
The fifer to the Lexington minute-men was sixteen years old.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
The fifer, in revenge, declared he was only humbugging the Squire.Handy Andy, Volume One
Questioned, what was the personal appearance and age of the said fifer.Records of The Spanish Inquisition
Andrew Dickson White
Well, well, bring the drum, and order our fifer to come here.Good Stories For Great Holidays
Frances Jenkins Olcott
- a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands
- to play (music) on a fife
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Word Origin and History for fifer
1550s, from German Pfeife "fife, pipe," from Old High German pfifa, or via Middle French fifre (15c.) from the same Old High German word; ultimately imitative. German musicians provided music for most European courts in those days. As a verb from 1590s. Agent noun fifer is recorded earlier (1530s). Fife and drum is from 1670s.
A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.