What does riff mean?

Definitions for riff
rɪfriff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Riff, Riffiannoun

    a Berber living in northern Morocco

  2. riffverb

    a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation

  3. flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riffverb

    look through a book or other written material

    "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"

  4. riffverb

    play riffs

Wiktionary

  1. riffnoun

    A repeated instrumental melody line in a song.

  2. riffnoun

    A clever or witty remark.

  3. riffverb

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

Wikipedia

  1. Riff

    A riff is a repeated chord progression or refrain in music (also known as an ostinato figure in classical music); it is a pattern, or melody, often played by the rhythm section instruments or solo instrument, that forms the basis or accompaniment of a musical composition. Though riffs are most often found in rock music, heavy metal music, Latin, funk, and jazz, classical music is also sometimes based on a riff, such as Ravel's Boléro. Riffs can be as simple as a tenor saxophone honking a simple, catchy rhythmic figure, or as complex as the riff-based variations in the head arrangements played by the Count Basie Orchestra. David Brackett (1999) defines riffs as "short melodic phrases", while Richard Middleton (1999) defines them as "short rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic figures repeated to form a structural framework". Rikky Rooksby states: "A riff is a short, repeated, memorable musical phrase, often pitched low on the guitar, which focuses much of the energy and excitement of a rock song."BBC Radio 2, in compiling its list of 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs, defined a riff as the "main hook of a song", often beginning the song, and is "repeated throughout it, giving the song its distinctive voice".Use of the term has extended to comedy, where riffing means the verbal exploration of a particular subject, thus moving the meaning away from the original jazz sense of a repeated figure that a soloist improvises over, to instead indicate the improvisation itself—improvising on a melody or progression as one would improvise on a subject by extending a singular thought, idea or inspiration into a bit, or routine.

ChatGPT

  1. riff

    A riff is a repeated phrase or pattern in music, typically used in jazz and popular music, that is played by a single instrument or group of instruments. It forms the main theme or catchy element of a song or piece of music.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Riff

    the name given to the N. coast-lands of Morocco from Tangiers to Algeria; is a mountainous and woody region, with a rugged foreshore, inhabited by lawless Berbers.

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  1. RIFF

    What does RIFF stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the RIFF acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RIFF

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Riff is ranked #55255 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Riff surname appeared 372 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Riff.

    91.4% or 340 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of riff in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of riff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of riff in a Sentence

  1. Anne Rice:

    The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation.

  2. John Podesta:

    Wonder if tomorrow night, we should be more purposeful about generating the ‘U-S-A, U-S-A' chants during her riff about the need for togetherness and unity … with people holding the little American flags.

  3. Abra Berens:

    Get comfortable by making something over and over, then layer in something new and give yourself the space to riff and adjust.

  4. Jeff Annison and Paul Scanlan:

    We don’t expect these companies to experience much success. Equity crowdfunding isn’t easy or inexpensive, and the SEC has important safeguards like bad actor checks and reporting requirements that will eliminate most of the riff-raff, plus, the public is sophisticated these days and has access to enough information to make well-informed decisions.

  5. Steve Kukowski:

    There used to be a saying that 40 below keeps out the riff-raff, that's not true anymore.

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