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Riff

[rif] /rɪf/
noun, plural Riffs, Riffi
[rif-ee] /ˈrɪf i/ (Show IPA).
(especially collectively) Riff.
1.
a member of the Berber people living in Er Rif in northern Morocco.
2.
Related forms
Riffian, adjective, noun

Rif

or Riff

[rif] /rɪf/
noun
1.
Er
[er] /ɛr/ (Show IPA)
a mountainous coastal region in N Morocco.
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Historical Examples
  • Tahara was a pretty, pale, dark girl, with curious cabalistic riffi marks tattooed in blue on her forehead and chin.

  • The gun, pistol, or dagger is the riffi's summary judge and jury.

  • We had a fairly intelligent boy—Mohammed, a riffi—and managed to understand a word or two he said.

  • Others that he was shot by some riffi brothers because he was in the habit of talking to their sister.

  • The light glittered on his long, brass-plated riffi gun: a red leather pouch full of bullets hung at his side.

British Dictionary definitions for riffi

Rif

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

riff

/rɪf/
noun
1.
(in jazz or rock music) a short series of chords
verb
2.
(intransitive) to play or perform riffs in jazz or rock music
3.
(informal) to speak amusingly or make (amusing comments or remarks)
Word Origin
C20: probably altered and shortened from refrain²
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Word Origin and History for riffi

riff

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for riffi

rif

noun

  1. A dismissal; layoff
  2. A demotion

verb

  1. To notify an employee of dismissal or layoff: when he receives his Reduction in Force letter, and he will say, ''I've been riffed''
  2. To demote: had been ''rif'd'' back to sergeants

[1953+; fr reduction in force]

riff 1

noun

  1. An improvised passage, esp a solo; break, lick: an initially funky bass riff (1917+ Jazz musicians)
  2. A solo passage of any sort: He never inflates a movement, never accelerates into showy riffs of excess energy (1917+ Jazz musicians)
  3. A particular variation or version: I have actually eaten something called a pastrami burrito dog, sort of a riff on the oki dog (1990s+)
  4. A piece of personal behavior, esp of entertainment; shtick: allow the star to do character riffs that approximate the sort of things she does as monologues in her one-woman show/ He can make out the riffs and scams of the inner city like a dog picking up a scent (1980s+)

[origin unknown; perhaps echoic; perhaps fr refrain; perhaps fr riffle or ripple in the sense of ''try, shot, crack'']

riff 2

noun

A refrigerator car; reefer1 (1950s+ Railroad)

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Related Abbreviations for riffi

RIF

1.
reduction in force
2.
resistance-inducing factor
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