Origin: < rifletheto hurl or throw with great speed
Origin: Fr rifler, to scrape, scratch < OFr < MHG riffeln, to scratch, heckle (flax) < OHG riffilon, akin to ripple
Origin: short for rifled gun
See rifle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From rifle, to cut spiral grooves in
Origin: , from French rifler
Origin: , from Old French, to plunder, scratch; see rifle2.
verb ri·fled, ri·fling, ri·fles verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English riflen, to plunder
Origin: , from Old French rifler
Origin: , probably of Germanic origin.
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