2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rife \Rife\, adjective [AS. r[imac]f abundant, or Icel. r[imac]fr munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.]

1. Prevailing; prevalent; abounding.

Before the plague of London, inflammations of the lungs were rife and mortal. --Arbuthnot.

Even now the tumult of loud mirth Was rife, and perfect in may listening ear. --Milton.

2. Having power; active; nimble. [Obs.]

What! I am rife a little yet. --J. Webster. -- {Rife"ly}, adverb -- {Rife"ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: most frequent or common; "prevailing winds" [syn: {prevailing}, {prevalent}, {predominant}, {dominant}, {rife}]

2: excessively abundant [syn: {overabundant}, {plethoric}, {rife}]

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