[ rif-uh l ]
/ ˈrɪf əl /

verb (used with or without object), rif·fled, rif·fling.


Origin of riffle

1630–40; blend of ripple1 and ruffle1

Related forms

un·rif·fled, adjective

Can be confused

riffle rifle
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British Dictionary definitions for riffle


/ (ˈrɪfəl) /


(when intr , often foll by through) to flick rapidly through (the pages of a book, magazine, etc), esp in a desultory manner
to shuffle (playing cards) by halving the pack and flicking the adjacent corners together
to make or become a riffle


US and Canadian
  1. a rapid in a stream
  2. a rocky shoal causing a rapid
  3. a ripple on water
mining a contrivance on the bottom of a sluice, containing transverse grooves for trapping particles of gold
the act or an instance of riffling

Word Origin for riffle

C18: probably from ruffle 1, influenced by ripple 1
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