adjective \ˈrīf\

: very common and often bad or unpleasant

Full Definition of RIFE

:  prevalent especially to an increasing degree <suspicion and cruelty were rife — W. E. B. DuBois>
:  copiously supplied :  abounding —usually used with with <rife with rumors>
rife adverb
rife·ly adverb

Examples of RIFE

  1. Speculation about who would be fired ran rife for weeks.
  2. <a city government that is rife with malfeasance and corruption>

Origin of RIFE

Middle English ryfe, from Old English rȳfe; akin to Old Norse rīfr abundant
First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with RIFE


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