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riff

[ rif ]
/ rɪf /
Jazz.
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noun
a melodic phrase, often constantly repeated, forming an accompaniment or part of an accompaniment for a soloist.
verb (used without object)
to perform riffs.
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Origin of riff

First recorded in 1930–35; perhaps alteration and shortening of refrain2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH riff

riff , rift

Other definitions for riff (2 of 2)

Riff
[ rif ]
/ rɪf /

noun, plural Riffs, Riff·i [rif-ee], /ˈrɪf i/, (especially collectively) Riff.
a member of the Berber people living in Er Rif in northern Morocco.

OTHER WORDS FROM Riff

Rif·fi·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for riff

riff
/ (rɪf) music /

noun
(in jazz or rock music) a short series of chords
verb
(intr) to play or perform riffs in jazz or rock music
informal to speak amusingly or make (amusing comments or remarks)

Word Origin for riff

C20: probably altered and shortened from refrain ²
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