verb (used without object)
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Origin of riff
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH riffriff , rift
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Definition for riff (2 of 2)
noun, plural Riffs, Riff·i [rif-ee], /ˈrɪf i/, (especially collectively) Riff.
OTHER WORDS FROM RiffRif·fi·an, adjective, noun
Example sentences from the Web for riff
The signature “Christmapolitan,” a holiday-themed riff on the Cosmopolitan with cinnamon and spiced cranberry sauce, will be back as well.Can Christmas-themed Miracle bars help save America’s devastated bar industry?|Rachel Schallom|October 24, 2020|Fortune
We got slightly overexcited about the design here without thinking about how clunky it might be to take out, so definitely riff on our idea.How to Build Out Your Subaru Forester for $350 or Less|Madeleine LaPlante-Dube|October 15, 2020|Outside Online
He was a classically trained pianist who also created some of the most distinctive guitar riffs in rock history.
Video games such as “Gran Turismo 4” and “Guitar Hero” have used his riffs.
The result was this 160-word riff, the sort of thing that will end up in history books as a marker of why the United States found itself in its current position.In 160 words, Trump reveals how little he cares about the pandemic|Philip Bump|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The pair riff on pink slime, the New World Order, and even the War on Christmas™.Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas from Abominable Killjoys (Other Christians)|Brandy Zadrozny|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not that the Shakespearean riff on/rip off is limited to novels.
The crowd was there to listen to Chappelle riff on everything from the Wu-Tang Clan to Barack Obama to gay rights.Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City|Alex Suskind|June 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He continued to sing, but now we were "playing" the guitar riff with our voices.
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
These are the poorer class of models—the riff-raff of the Quarter—who get anywhere from a few sous to a few francs for a séance.The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith
Riff is only a few miles from Kesgrave Church, where you can still see the tombstone of the gipsy queen in the churchyard.
The father of one of the oldest inhabitants of Riff witnessed the immense concourse of gipsies who attended the funeral.
The floating riff-raff had passed away, leaving a solid, intelligent population of sixteen hundred.Ocean to Ocean on Horseback|Willard Glazier
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