Definition of 'riff'
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Heavy metal bands and extended guitar riffs are likely to get these sorts rocking. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A jazz musician might, typically, improvise over a background riff played by other members of the band. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The rock riff is a product of a misuse of the electric guitar. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Same old retro funk and heavy riff. The Sun (2008)She is naturally very funny and can riff amusingly on almost any subject we bring up. The Sun (2013)Yet behind the big beard and guitar riffs is a formidable brain. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Backed by an incessant guitar riff which explodes into a rock stomp. The Sun (2008)That the world has come round is due to the melodic pop that now lurks amid their rock riffs. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This single has a cracking chorus, sweet harmonies and a heavy guitar riff. The Sun (2008)We weren't being asked to play riffs thousands of times until we got it right. The Sun (2009)The Monkeys sum up teenage life with witty lyrics and quirky riffs. The Sun (2006)Lovers of fuzzy guitar riffs and well-crafted pop hooks need look no further. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Elsewhere there are military drums, trumpets and punk guitar riffs. Times, Sunday Times (2006)I needed to be the guy who knew how to play that riff. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This is strictly for those who love a heavy riff, vocal histrionics and want to practice air guitar. The Sun (2015)He spurs on his younger sidekick to a career best on a rollicking blues album that's full of great riffs and inventive playing. The Sun (2013)The heavier guitar riff which underlies this jittery paced indie rock track makes it one of the band's strongest releases in a while. The Sun (2010) Play that riff out loud, a mob with burning torches marauding through the Wharf sounds reasonable. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It doesn't feature any vocals - instead focusing on guitar riffs and a bass drum. The Sun (2010)For album four, they are back to their punchy best, with snappy riffs and poetic lyrics. The Sun (2013)In all his interviews to promote the film he riffs on the theme of'I just want to act'. Times, Sunday Times (2010)AM is their best album yet: a blend of heavy metal riffs and R&B. Times, Sunday Times (2013)At a typical concert they dress as monks, grinding out slow, heavy riffs while dry ice lends the vibe of an apocalyptic wasteland. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'riff'
British English: riff NOUN
In jazz and rock music, a riff is a short repeated tune.
Definition of riff from the Collins English Dictionary
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