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Definition music:  repeated series of notes that forms the basis or accompaniment of a rock music or jazz composition
  • The term, riff, was popularized by a Charlie Parker song.
riff = music:  a repeated series of notes that forms the basis or accompaniment of a rock music or jazz composition
  • You can't help wondering again and again how there can possibly be such riff-raff among our own people.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Marc would laugh and join the riff whereas Steve would stop me, place a hand on my shoulder, and say, "You know that's not really funny, right?"
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • The tenor sax, alto sax, and trumpet throw in simple riffs every now and then.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • My mother is like that, perverse for all her cleverness: she'd entertain some riff-raff, and turn out a solid man.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Then would be the time for discontented people, Lollards and Communists and Nationalists and all the riff-raff.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And when the piano riff at the start of the New Pornographers' "Challengers" kicks in, I know I've put myself in good hands.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Riff Reynie waited at the window, his heart hammering.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • He raised his pipes to his mouth and played a quick riff The manticore yelled, "Stop him!"
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • The worst riff-raff in the galaxy are sent to Salusa Secundus.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Khufu ran his fingers down the frets of the guitar and ripped out a massive rock 'n' roll riff.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • "I can't give you Mumps, 'em he'd break his heart to go away from me—eh, Mumps, what do you say, you riff-raff?"
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He loved people of doubtful occupations and shifty purposes; and his acquaintance among the riff-raff that frequents the bars of London was enormous.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • One of these rapid, high-note riffs that black boys make up as they go while sweeping, shoveling, or just walking along.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • 60's answering in short riffs.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • He played a little riff of something, a Beatles song, then a few lines of the latest version of "The Potato Opus."
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • —I repeat, are you not ashamed, to mix with such riff-raff?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The princess had gone upstairs to her own room; she could not bear guests as a rule, and 'especially this new riff-raff lot,' as she called them.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Make some crack about Primo de Rivera" "I could ask her what kind of a jam they think they've gotten into in the Riff" "Poor," said Bill."
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • I wondered how often she used her "hospital paperwork" riff to ease patients' anxieties.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture

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