from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.
- n. A clever or inventive commentary or remark: "Those little riffs that had seemed to have such sparkle over drinks ... look all too embarrassing in cold print” ( John Richardson).
- intransitive v. To play or make riffs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A repeated instrumental melody line in a song.
- n. A clever or witty remark.
- v. To improvise in the performance or practice of an art, especially by expanding on or making novel use of traditional themes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The belly; the bowels.
- n. An obsolete form of reef.—2. A rapid or riffle. See riffle.
- n. An obsolete form of reef.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. play riffs
- n. a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation
- n. a Berber living in northern Morocco
- v. look through a book or other written material
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)