Rife Rife, a. [AS. r[=i]f abundant, or Icel. r[=i]fr munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.] 1. Prevailing; prevalent; abounding. [1913 Webster]

Before the plague of London, inflammations of the lungs were rife and mortal. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

Even now the tumult of loud mirth Was rife, and perfect in may listening ear. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Having power; active; nimble. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

What! I am rife a little yet. --J. Webster. [1913 Webster] -- {Rife"ly}, adv. -- {Rife"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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