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riff (rîf) noun
1.Music. A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.
2.Rapid, clever, often rhythmic speech, as by a disc jockey: "Those little riffs that had seemed to have such sparkle over drinks by the . . . pool look all too embarrassing in cold print" (John Richardson).

verb, intransitive
riffed, riffing, riffs
To play riffs.

[Origin unknown.]

Excerpted from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition © 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from INSO Corporation; further reproduction and distribution in accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States. All rights reserved.
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