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noun, verb (used with or without object), reffed, ref·fing. Sports Slang.
  1. referee.
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Origin of ref

First recorded in 1895–1900; by shortening

ref.

  1. referee.
  2. reference.
  3. referred.
  4. refining.
  5. reformation.
  6. reformed.
  7. refund.
  8. refunding.
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  • My inexperience became only too apparent when I told the men that I had "just beat the Ref."

    My Life

    Josiah Flynt

  • Ref hasn't changed any more than my interest in writing these books for you.

    Little Tony of Italy

    Madeline Brandeis

  • But there's a difference, and here's where you ref'ree, judge.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson

  • The ref shakes his head no, and that seems to satisfy the Martian.

  • The ref hadn't seen Charles foul me, but he'd seen Charles's play that weekend.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for ref

ref

noun
  1. informal short for referee
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ref.

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

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

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