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Definition of ref

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a referee in a game or sport

Definition of ref (Entry 2 of 2)

1 reference
2 refunding

Examples of ref in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Animal rights activist Sasha Zemmel (@SashaMonik) dressed as #NBA ref arrested while protesting #Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor for animal cruelty. Natasha Dado,, 25 Apr. 2022 Briefly: Jordan Samuels-Thomas made his debut as an NHL referee and became the first NHL’s first Black ref since Jay Sharrers worked a game between the Islanders and Hurricanes on April 2, 2004. ... Matt Carlson, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2022 Smith followed that with a loud curse toward the ref. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Mar. 2022 But a ref complained to arena staffers, and so Van Zee was briefly separated from a trumpet that once belonged to his grandfather. Joseph Goodman, al, 22 Feb. 2022 Coaches and a ref had to calm the Mountain View bench down. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2022 Joaquin was frustrated by a series of bad calls a referee had made in a basketball game, which inspired the father and son to call the recreational league and ask to have the ref switched out. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 14 Feb. 2022 After inadvertently taking out the ref with an F5, Brock Lesnar covered Bobby Lashley for 19 seconds. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 When a coach peacocks for the stands by challenging a ref on every call, that coach sets the tone for fans and parents. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ref


1890, in the meaning defined above

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