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
intransitive verbfifed, fif′ing
verbfifed, fif·ing, fifes
Origin of fifeProbably German Pfeife from Middle High German pfīfe from Old High German pfīffa from Vulgar Latin pīpa from Latin pīpāre to chirp
- 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.