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
Thanks to technological acceleration, John Cage jokes are rapidly approaching their sell-by date (remember when 4'33 was this wild, crazy cult thing that nobody knew about?), but this riff is a worthy entry in the pantheon.
Teabagger riff is old, and “bigot” says more about the speaker.
They slammed into the main riff (sort of a sped up version of "Spoonful") with a frantic and almost desperate ferocity.
The element of rock and roll that we refer to as the riff has been around for many years.
They played the awesome guitar riff from the theme song to Thundercats.
"Whole Lotta Love" shared some lyrics with Dixon's "You Need Love/Woman You Need Love", though the riff from the song was an original Jimmy Page composition.
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After thanking his drug connection and tipping his hat to God, Jigga toasts the high life over a gritty Brooklyn funky-horns riff from the Menahan Street Band.
There's always one more quirk in the character: Dear Special Agent Todd: the Jeopardy riff is becoming unfunny with extreme speed.
So, as I suggested in the title a riff on the old REM song, Macworld without Apple will have to change, but the changes may be good.