ref

[ ref ]
/ rɛf /

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


Nearby words

  1. reevaluate,
  2. reeve,
  3. reexam,
  4. reexamine,
  5. reexport,
  6. ref.,
  7. ref. ch.,
  8. ref. pres.,
  9. ref. sp.,
  10. reface

Origin of ref

First recorded in 1895–1900; by shortening

ref.

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British Dictionary definitions for ref

ref

/ (rɛf) /

noun

informal short for referee

ref.

abbreviation for

referee
reference
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Word Origin and History for ref

ref

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

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