The definition of rife is something that happens often or is widespread.
An example of rife is rain in Seattle.
- frequently or commonly occurring; widespread: malicious gossip was rife
- abounding: an interpretation rife with error
Origin of rifeMiddle English rif from Old English ryfe, akin to Middle Dutch rijf, abundant, Old Norse rifr, desired from Indo-European an unverified form reip- from base an unverified form rei-: see reap
- In widespread existence, practice, or use; increasingly prevalent.
- Abundant or numerous.
Origin of rifeMiddle English from Old English réfe