- to discharge (a person) from military or civil service, especially as part of an economy program.
Origin of rif
- a melodic phrase, often constantly repeated, forming an accompaniment or part of an accompaniment for a soloist.
- to perform riffs.
Origin of riff1
Examples from the Web for riffed
Riff Rifi (ˈrɪfɪ)
- plural Rifs, Riffs, Rifis, Rif, Riff or Rifi a member of a Berber people, inhabiting the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
- Also called: Rifian, Riffian (ˈrɪfɪən) the dialect of Berber spoken by this people
- See Er Rif
- (in jazz or rock music) a short series of chords
- (intr) to play or perform riffs in jazz or rock music
- informal to speak amusingly or make (amusing comments or remarks)
Word Origin and History for riffed
"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.