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Riff   /rɪf/   Listen
Riff

noun
1.
A Berber living in northern Morocco.  Synonym: Riffian.
2.
A jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation.






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"Riff" Quotes from Famous Books



... striving to drive a dogcart with slender success and complaining loudly of obstruction. Respectable working women were there, together with their husbands, having finished the day's work; country folk who dropped into town on the Saturday had been attracted to the scene; the riff-raff of Muirtown had come out from their dens and lodging-houses, together with that casual population which has nothing particular to do and is glad of any excitement. They were of various kinds and different degrees of respectability, but they were all collected in ...
— Young Barbarians • Ian Maclaren

... on the way, "your uncle is very generous to want to help these fellows across the line that are broke. But they are riff-raff. He will lose every dollar of it. I know them. Good Lord! haven't I befriended them, and helped them fifty ways? And do they appreciate it? Well, ...
— The Desert Fiddler • William H. Hamby



Words linked to "Riff" :   play, Berber, ostinato, peruse, spiel, flip



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