a small flute having from six to eight finger holes, and usually no keys, used mainly with drums in playing marches
Origin of fifeGerman pfeife, a pipe, fife ; from Middle High German pfife ; from Old High German pfifa ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pipa, pipe
, fifed, fif′ing
to play on a fife
administrative unit of E Scotland: formerly a county
A small, high-pitched, transverse flute used primarily to accompany drums in a military or marching band.
verbfifed, fif·ing, fifes
To play a fife.
To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a fife.
Origin of fifeProbably German Pfeife, from Middle High German pf&imacron;fe, from Old High German pf&imacron;ffa, from Vulgar Latin *p&imacron;pa, from Latin p&imacron;pare, to chirp.
A region of eastern Scotland between the Firths of Forth and Tay. It was once a Pict kingdom.
- A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music
(third-person singular simple present fifes, present participle fifing, simple past and past participle fifed)
- To play this instrument.
From German Pfeife.
Proper nounSee also: Fifer