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

 

riffle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrɪfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪfl//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they riffle
BrE BrE//ˈrɪfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪfl//
 
he / she / it riffles
BrE BrE//ˈrɪflz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪflz//
 
past simple riffled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪfld//
 
past participle riffled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪfld//
 
-ing form riffling
BrE BrE//ˈrɪflɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪflɪŋ//
 
 
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to turn over papers or the pages of a book quickly and without reading them all synonym leaf riffle through something He was riffling through the papers on his desk. riffle something to riffle the pages of a book Word Origin late 18th cent. (referring to a certain way of shuffling cards): perhaps from a variant of the verb ruffle, influenced by ripple.
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