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Riff

or Rif  (rĭf)
n. pl. Riff or Riffs or Rif or Rifs also Rif·fi (rĭf′ē)
1. A member of any of several Berber peoples inhabiting Er Rif.
2. The Berber language of this people.

Rif′fi·an adj. & n.

riff

 (rĭf)
n.
1. Music A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.
2. A repeated or varied theme, idea, or phrase: gave us another of his riffs on the decline of civilization.
intr.v. riffed, riff·ing, riffs
To play or make riffs. Often used with on.

[Origin unknown.]

riff

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

riff

(rɪf)

n.
1. an ostinato melodic phrase accompanying a soloist in jazz or rock music.
2. any variation or improvisation, as on an idea.
v.i.
3. to perform a riff.
[1930–35; perhaps alter. of refrain2]

riff


Past participle: riffed
Gerund: riffing

Imperative
riff
riff
Present
I riff
you riff
he/she/it riffs
we riff
you riff
they riff
Preterite
I riffed
you riffed
he/she/it riffed
we riffed
you riffed
they riffed
Present Continuous
I am riffing
you are riffing
he/she/it is riffing
we are riffing
you are riffing
they are riffing
Present Perfect
I have riffed
you have riffed
he/she/it has riffed
we have riffed
you have riffed
they have riffed
Past Continuous
I was riffing
you were riffing
he/she/it was riffing
we were riffing
you were riffing
they were riffing
Past Perfect
I had riffed
you had riffed
he/she/it had riffed
we had riffed
you had riffed
they had riffed
Future
I will riff
you will riff
he/she/it will riff
we will riff
you will riff
they will riff
Future Perfect
I will have riffed
you will have riffed
he/she/it will have riffed
we will have riffed
you will have riffed
they will have riffed
Future Continuous
I will be riffing
you will be riffing
he/she/it will be riffing
we will be riffing
you will be riffing
they will be riffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been riffing
you have been riffing
he/she/it has been riffing
we have been riffing
you have been riffing
they have been riffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been riffing
you will have been riffing
he/she/it will have been riffing
we will have been riffing
you will have been riffing
they will have been riffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been riffing
you had been riffing
he/she/it had been riffing
we had been riffing
you had been riffing
they had been riffing
Conditional
I would riff
you would riff
he/she/it would riff
we would riff
you would riff
they would riff
Past Conditional
I would have riffed
you would have riffed
he/she/it would have riffed
we would have riffed
you would have riffed
they would have riffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riff - a Berber living in northern MoroccoRiff - a Berber living in northern Morocco
Berber - a member of an indigenous people of northern Africa
2.riff - a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation
ostinato - a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
Verb1.riff - look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"
peruse - examine or consider with attention and in detail; "Please peruse this report at your leisure"
2.riff - play riffs
spiel, play - replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
Translations

riff

[rɪf] N (Mus) → riff m frase de dos o cuatro compases que se repite continuamente a lo largo de la canción

riff

[ˈrɪf] n (MUSIC)riff m
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