- 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
Related Words for riffingsearch, browse, flash, examine, scour, skim, check, scan, skip, glance, riffle, thumb, riff, regard, look, rumble, inquire, study, overlook, sweep
Examples from the Web for riffing
Contemporary Examples of riffing
But while he was up there riffing about Steiger, he looked like he did in the Big Heat.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
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Riffing off the slogan “Now Everyone Can Fly,” the carrier offered no-frills flights that were both cheap and plentiful.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
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Why is riffing on—and ripping off—Shakespeare so incredibly enticing?Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote
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Judge: We would sit there just, like, riffing as we were writing.Mike Judge’s Genius Satire ‘Silicon Valley’ Skewers Tech Titans
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But for the most part, he was riffing off his own All right, all right, all right persona.Matthew McConaughey In ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: From Bongos to Oscar Contender
October 30, 2013
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 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.