verb (used with or without object), fifed, fif·ing.
Origin of fife
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Examples from the Web for fife
Scotland is where William and Kate's met at the University of St Andrews in Fife.
“It would be a swell joke on tout-le-monde if you & Fife & I spent the summer at Juan-les-Pins,” she wrote.
Never been happier in all my life / Since the day that I moved to Fife.
Fife, the dominant one, is so ashamed that he insults Bead whenever he gets the chance.
When Bead takes a bullet to the head and lies dying, he asks Fife to hold his hand.
The name of the chief of the gang was Williamson, who said he travelled in the counties of Fife and Perth.A History of the Gipsies|Walter Simson
Drum and fife bands in a short time became common in all infantry regiments, while among the cavalry the trumpet prevailed.
The preservation I had in going over to Fife in the year 1672.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)|John Howie
Instead of the gong for dinner, let us hear a whistle from the Spartan fife.Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
In one direction, the castle on its commanding rock, in the other the frith of Forth, and the shores of Fife beyond.
British Dictionary definitions for fife (1 of 3)
Word Origin for fife
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Word Origin and History for fife
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.
Culture definitions for fife
A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.