verb \ˈri-fəl\

: to look through something quickly and not very closely

rif·fledrif·fling \ˈri-f(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of RIFFLE

intransitive verb
:  to form, flow over, or move in riffles
:  to flip cursorily :  thumb <riffle through the catalog>
transitive verb
:  to ruffle slightly :  ripple
a :  to leaf through hastily; specifically :  to leaf (as a stack of paper) by sliding a thumb along the edge of the leaves
b :  to shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix
:  to manipulate (small objects) idly between the fingers

Examples of RIFFLE

  1. He riffled the pages of the magazine.
  2. <Web research is convenient but doesn't offer the tactile pleasures of riffling through heavy old books.>

Origin of RIFFLE

First Known Use: 1754

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Rhymes with RIFFLE



Definition of RIFFLE

a :  a shallow extending across a streambed and causing broken water
b :  a stretch of water flowing over a riffle
:  a small wave or succession of small waves :  ripple
a :  any of various contrivances (as blocks or rails) laid on the bottom of a sluice or launder to make a series of grooves or interstices to catch and retain a mineral (as gold)
b :  a groove or interstice so formed
:  a cleat or bar fastened to an inclined surface in a gold-washing apparatus to catch and hold mineral grains
a :  the act or process of shuffling (as cards)
b :  the sound made while doing this

Origin of RIFFLE

perhaps alteration of ruffle
First Known Use: 1785

Rhymes with RIFFLE


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