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[ref] /rɛf/
noun, verb (used with or without object), reffed, reffing. Sports Slang.
1.
Origin of ref
1895-1900
1895-1900; by shortening

ref.

1.
2.
3.
referred.
4.
refining.
6.
7.
8.
refunding.
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  • So ref returned to Norway and slew his opponent, who refused to pay the wager.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • My inexperience became only too apparent when I told the men that I had "just beat the ref."

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • I'll introduce them: Please meet Marie, my very little daughter, and ref, my very big reflex camera.

    Little Tony of Italy Madeline Brandeis
  • ref hasn't changed any more than my interest in writing these books for you.

    Little Tony of Italy Madeline Brandeis
  • The front row could see the lips of the ref moving but none could hear the words, nor even imagine.

    Oogie Finds Love Berkeley Livingston
British Dictionary definitions for ref

ref

/rɛf/
noun
1.
(informal) short for referee

ref.

abbreviation
1.
referee
2.
reference
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Word Origin and History for ref

1899 (n.), 1929 (v.); short for referee. Related: Reffed; reffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ref

ref

noun

A referee (1899+)

verb

: I started reffing basketball in southern Illinois in 1957 (1929+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for ref

ref

referee

REF

refer to (shortwave transmission)

ref.

1.
reference
2.
referred
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