verb (used without object)
Origin of riff1
Definition for riff (2 of 5)
verb (used with object) Informal.
Definition for riff (3 of 5)
noun, plural Riffs, Riff·i [rif-ee] /ˈrɪf i/, (especially collectively) Riff.
Definition for riff (4 of 5)
verb (used with object), riffed, rif·fing. Informal.
Origin of rif
Definition for riff (5 of 5)
Examples from the Web for riff
Not that the Shakespearean riff on/rip off is limited to novels.
Remember the Woody Allen riff about “what terrible food, and such small portions” at a Catskill Resort?Comedy Is His Calling: The Brilliance of Billy Crystal|Tom Shales|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He repeated the same trick later on in his speech, starting a riff with "Take Obamacare—not literally, but figuratively."Paul Ryan: Democrats Offer Americans a ‘Full Stomach and an Empty Soul’|Olivia Nuzzi|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then Harrison keeps the riff going while Lennon plays the solo, one of only a handful he played as a Beatle.Was The Beatles’ Music Really That Unique? Yeah, It Totally Was.|Michael Tomasky|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I went everywhere he was, and I was just off-camera talking to him so we could riff stuff back-and-forth.Patton Oswalt Sounds Off On Stand-Up’s Critics and Why Comedians Should Win Oscars|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Off the beaten track and anywhere in the Riff country his life would not be worth a flus (small copper coin).
At Riff everything was cast in a superior and more modern mould.
His housekeeper, the stoutest woman in Riff, sister to the late Mr. Nicholls, had put his tea near him half an hour before.
Many of the Moorish husbands leave their wives—the Riffis, for instance, going back into the Riff.
The punishment inflicted on the Riff pirates was soon forgotten, and they continued their depredations on British commerce.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for riff (1 of 2)
Word Origin for riff
British Dictionary definitions for riff (2 of 2)
Riff Rifi (ˈrɪfɪ)
Word Origin and History for riff
"melodic phrase in jazz," 1935 (but said to have been used by musicians since c.1917), of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortened form of riffle, or altered from refrain. The verb is attested from 1942, from the noun. Also in extended use. Related: Riffed; riffing.