People might think that Seattle is rife with rain because of its frequent gloomy skies, but in actuality the rainfall is quite average.
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