riff

riff

1 [rif] Jazz.
noun
1.
a melodic phrase, often constantly repeated, forming an accompaniment or part of an accompaniment for a soloist.
verb (used without object)
2.
to perform riffs.

Origin:
1930–35; perhaps alteration and shortening of refrain2

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riff

2 [rif]
verb (used with object) Informal.

Riff

[rif]
noun, plural Riffs, Riffi [rif-ee] . (especially collectively) Riff.
1.
a member of the Berber people living in Er Rif in northern Morocco.
2.

Riffian, adjective, noun
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Rif, Riff or Rifi (rɪf, ˈrɪfɪ)
 
n , Rifs, Riffs, Rifis, Rif, Riff, Rifi
1.  a member of a Berber people, inhabiting the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
2.  Rifian, Also called: Riffian the dialect of Berber spoken by this people
3.  See Er Rif
 
Riff, Riff or Rifi (rɪf, ˈrɪfɪ, ˈrɪfɪən)
 
n
 
Rifi, Riff or Rifi (rɪf, ˈrɪfɪ, ˈrɪfɪən, ˈrɪfɪən)
 
n

riff (rɪf)
 
n
1.  (in jazz or rock music) a short series of chords
 
vb
2.  (intr) to play or perform riffs in jazz or rock music
3.  informal to speak amusingly or make (amusing comments or remarks)
 
[C20: probably altered and shortened from refrain²]

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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 (q.v.), or altered from refrain. The verb is attested from 1955.
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riff definition


  1. n.
    a short, repeated line of music played by a particular performer. : Jim just sat there and forgot his riff.
  2. n.
    a digression while speaking. (From sense 1.) : If she didn't make so many riffs while she spoke, we could understand her better.
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RIFF definition

file format
Microsoft's equivalent to the Amiga's IFF files format. RIFF is used for WAV and AVI files.
(1995-04-21)

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