- of common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; in widespread existence, activity, or use: Crime is rife in the slum areas of our cities.
- current in speech or report: Rumors are rife that the government is in financial difficulty.
- abundant, plentiful, or numerous.
- abounding (usually followed by with).
Origin of rife
Synonyms for rife
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Related Words for riferprevalent, alive, plentiful, popular, abundant, rampant, replete, abounding, common, current, epidemic, extensive, frequent, general, many, multitudinous, numerous, prevailing, profuse, raging
- of widespread occurrence; prevalent or currentrumour was rife in the village
- very plentiful; abundant
- (foll by with) abounding (in)a land rife with poverty
Word Origin for rife
Old English rife "abundant, common, prevalent," from Proto-Germanic *rif- (cf. Old Norse rifr, Swedish river, Norwegian riv, Middle Dutch riif, Middle Low German rive "abundant, generous"), said to be from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" "The prevalence of the word in early southern texts is in favour of its being native in English, rather than an adoption from Scandinavian." [OED]