Meaning of “riff” in the English Dictionary

"riff" in English

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riffnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪf/ us /rɪf/

riffverb [ I ]

uk /rɪf/ us /rɪf/

riff verb [ I ] (PLAY MUSIC)

in jazz or popular music, to play a short, repeated series of notes :

The singer growled over acoustic guitar while his bandmates riffed on banjo, ukulele and fiddle.

riff verb [ I ] (SPEAK)

to speak for a long time on a particular subject, especially in a humorous way:

He strutted and riffed on topics from global warming to parenthood.

(Definition of “riff” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"riff" in American English

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riffnoun [ C ]

us /rɪf/

(in popular music) a simple tune that is used as a pattern for creating more complicated musical patterns

(Definition of “riff” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)