(Anglo-Saxon) rif abundant, or (Icelandic) rifr munificent; akin to (Old Dutch) 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. (obsolete) What! I am rife a little yet. J. Webster. -- Rifely,
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From Middle English, from Old English rīfe, rȳfe (“rife, abundant, frequent”), from Proto-Germanic *rīfijaz (“generous”), from Proto-Indo-European *rēip-, *rēib- (“motley”). Cognate with West Frisian rju (“rife, much”), Low German rive (“abundant, munificent”), Dutch rijf (“abundant, copious”), Norwegian riv (“rife”), Icelandic rífr (“rife, munificent”), Icelandic reifa (“to bestow”).
rife First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of rifar. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of rifar. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of rifar.
Adjective rife (comparative rifer, superlative rifest) Widespread, common (especially of unpleasant or harmful things). Smallpox was rife after the siege had been lifted. Arbuthnot Before the plague of London, inflammations of the lungs were rife and mortal. Milton The tumult of loud mirth was rife. 1900, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, (translated by James Strachey) pg. 170: The 'denominational considerations' mentioned below relate, of course, to anti-Semitic feeling, which was already rife in Vienna during the last years of the nineteenth century. 2013, Daniel Taylor, Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic climbs highest to sink Benfica (in The Guardian, 15 May 2013) They will have to reflect on a seventh successive defeat in a European final while Chelsea try to make sense of an eccentric season rife with controversy and bad feeling but once again one finishing on an exhilarating high. Abounding; present in large numbers, plentiful. These woodlands are rife with red deer. (obsolete) Having power; active; nimble. J. Webster What! I am rife a little yet.
Adverb rife (comparative more rife, superlative most rife) Plentifully, abundantly. The snowdrops grow rife on the slopes of Mount Pembroke.
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