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RIFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Riff mean? 

RIFF (noun)
  The noun RIFF has 2 senses:

1. a Berber living in northern Morocco
2. a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation

  Familiarity information: RIFF used as a noun is rare.


RIFF (verb)
  The verb RIFF has 2 senses:

1. look through a book or other written material
2. play riffs

  Familiarity information: RIFF used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RIFF (noun)


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Meaning:

A Berber living in northern Morocco

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Riff; Riffian

Hypernyms ("Riff" is a kind of...):

Berber (a member of a Caucasian Muslim people of northern Africa)


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Meaning:

A jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("riff" is a kind of...):

ostinato (a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition)


RIFF (verb)


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Meaning:

Look through a book or other written material

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

riff; leaf; riffle; thumb; flick; flip

Context examples:

He thumbed through the report / She leafed through the volume

Hypernyms (to "riff" is one way to...):

peruse (examine or consider with attention and in detail)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2riff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Play riffs

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "riff" is one way to...):

play; spiel (replay (as a melody))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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