Definition of riff verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    riff

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪf//
     
    [intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they riff
    BrE BrE//rɪf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪf//
     
    he / she / it riffs
    BrE BrE//rɪfs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪfs//
     
    past simple riffed
    BrE BrE//rɪft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪft//
     
    past participle riffed
    BrE BrE//rɪft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪft//
     
    -ing form riffing
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪfɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪfɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to play a short repeated pattern of notes in popular music or jazz riffing guitars
  2. 2riff (on something) to perform a monologue (1) (= long speech by one person) on a particular subject, especially a funny one that you make up as you are speaking Most comedians can riff on politics.

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