riff

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English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

riff (plural riffs)

  1. A repeated instrumental melody line in a song.
    • 2009 November 27, “Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child has 'best guitar riff'”, in BBC[1]:
      Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child has been named the greatest guitar riff of all time, 41 years after it was recorded, in a poll by website Music Radar.
    Listen to one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time!
  2. A clever or witty remark.
    • 2015 September 27, “Pope Francis delivers off-the-cuff riff on family life”, in USA Today[2]:
      Pope Francis delivers off-the-cuff riff on family life
  3. A variation on something.
    • 2012, The Economist, London Skyline: Tower Power
      Both the Orbit and the Pinnacle are riffs on an idea sketched out in 1917 by Vladimir Tatlin for a monument to international communism.
  4. A spoof.
    • 26 June 2014, A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together[3]
      The creative team has experience with spoofing: Both Rudd and Poehler had parts in Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer, a hysterically irreverent riff on ’80s summer-camp comedies.

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Verb[edit]

riff (third-person singular simple present riffs, present participle riffing, simple past and past participle riffed)

  1. To improvise in the performance or practice of an art, especially by expanding on or making novel use of traditional themes.

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French[edit]

Noun[edit]

riff m (plural riffs)

  1. (music) riff

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

riff m (plural riffs)

  1. (music) riff