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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Berry's guitar riffs inspired several generations of bands.
▪ Blackbirds trade riffs with each other through the trees.
▪ He rode to fame on the mambo and cha-cha craze of the Eisenhower years, dazzling audiences with his frenetic riffs.
▪ M., and opens with a lot of squiggly guitar riffs as the full-motion video kicks in.
▪ No hooks, no memorable riffs.
▪ The next example is the catchy syncopated intro riff taken from the single Teaser.
▪ The serious climbers would not be seen dead with such riff raff.
▪ When our buckets are full, we top the tour with a skidding riff of singing sand.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"melodic phrase in jazz," 1935 (but said to have been used by musicians since c.1917), of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortened form of riffle, or altered from refrain. The verb is attested from 1942, from the noun. Also in extended use. Related: Riffed; riffing.


n. A repeated instrumental melody line in a song. vb. To improvise in the performance or practice of an art, especially by expanding on or making novel use of traditional themes.

  1. v. look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume" [syn: flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf]

  2. play riffs

Riff (disambiguation)

Riff, RIFF, The 'Riff, or Riffs may refer to:

  • Riff, a short, repeated musical phrase, see Ostinato
  • "Riff", a song by the DJ Sander van Doorn
  • The Riff (Lordi song), a song by Finnish hard rock band Lordi
  • The 'Riff, a colloquial name for the city of Penrith, New South Wales
  • Riff, the leader of the Jets in West Side Story
  • Riff, the nickname for the Detroit Radio Station WRIF
  • Riff (American band), an American rhythm and blues vocal group that was active in the late 1980s and early 1990s
  • Riff (Argentine band) an Argentinian hard rock band
  • Riff (dinosaur), a dinosaur on Barney & Friends since 2006
  • Riff (Sluggy Freelance), a character from Sluggy Freelance
  • Riff: Everyday Shooter, a 2007 video game for the PC and PlayStation 3
  • Riff Randle, protagonist of the Ramones film Rock and Roll High School
Riff (American band)

Riff is a R&B vocal group from Paterson, New Jersey, formed while its members were teenagers attending Paterson's Eastside High School. The ensemble began under the name Playboys in the late 1980s, with a style strongly influenced by doo wop.

After singing in the 1989 film Lean on Me (which is based upon events occurring at Eastside High), the group changed its name to Riff and signed to SBK Records, releasing a self-titled album in 1991. The group scored several respectable hits, including three in the Billboard Hot 100. Their song "Family" appears on the '' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack.

Following the success of the album, the group appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show and Soul Train, and opened on tour for LL Cool J and Vanilla Ice.

The group's second album, To Whom It May Concern, came out in 1993 to mixed reviews. It had two charting singles on the R&B charts.

Anthony "Chill" Fuller, Dwayne "Stylz" Jones and Michael "Nitty Green" Best went on to join the group Men of Vizion.

In 2009, Riff reunited and started work on returning to the R&B industry with a new album.

Riff (Argentine band)

Riff was an heavy metal/ hard rock band formed in 1980 in Argentina. After separation of Pappo's Blues and Aeroblus, Norberto Napolitano formed in 1980 a new band called Riff. Influenced by AC/DC, Motörhead and Black Sabbath imposed the heavy metal music in 1980s in Argentina.

Usage examples of "riff".

They had scored the entire album with dissonant bluesy riffs from Marblehead Johnson.

It might have passed for challenge, since Fleed was facing Sinker and Riff.

Sinker and Riff were still steady with their guns, covering Fleed and Arnledge.

They saw no reason for aiding a despotic government in subduing and oppressing a small people fighting for their independence, as did the brave Riffs.

He told me the longer riffs derived from classic sizz, while the backbeat was pure Transkei rip-rap.

He concentrated on being Juve, and Juve was checking out the scene, with long Yardbird Parker riffs, all staccato, in his head.

The speakers twanged out a familiar riff on the shamisen as the database menu appeared.

There was work before departure, a task that both Sinker and Riff understood.

By the time that Sinker and Riff had come down the stairs from the penthouse, the space by the elevators had cleared.

Shyvan was ready to believe that Clyde was one of the watchers whom Sinker and Riff had mentioned.

He was only half a minute behind Sinker and Riff when he stepped out into the darkness of the back street.

The Shadow would watch and work from darkness, without need to disturb such lesser crooks as Sinker and Riff.

From the darkness of that same little passage where Sinker and Riff had made their threats to Shyvan.

The only men not in the know were Sinker and Riff, the pair whose threats had cowered Shyvan.

It would not be long, however, before Sinker and Riff would learn where Shyvan was.