Rife (?), a. [AS. rif abundant, or Icel. rifr munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.]
Prevailing; prevalent; abounding.
Before the plague of London, inflammations of the lungs were rife and mortal.
Even now the tumult of loud mirth
Was rife, and perfect in may listening ear.
Having power; active; nimble.
What! I am rife a little yet.
-- Rife"ly, adv. -- Rife"ness, n.
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