riffi

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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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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