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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)
Translations of “riff”
in Chinese (Simplified) (爵士乐或流行音乐的)重复乐段…
in Chinese (Traditional) (爵士樂或流行音樂的)重覆樂段…
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