plural -s
chiefly Scottish
: robbery, plunder
keep the house frae reif and wearSir Walter Scott

Word History


Middle English (Scots) ref, reif, from Old English rēaf; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob

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“Reif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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