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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.

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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.
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Noun1.Riffian - a Berber living in northern MoroccoRiffian - a Berber living in northern Morocco
Berber - a member of an indigenous people of northern Africa
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