Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Language: Old English
Origin: ryfe

rife

adjective
     
rife
1 [not before noun] if something bad or unpleasant is rife, it is very common:
Violent crime is rife in our inner cities.
2

rife with something

full of something bad or unpleasant:
The crowded factories are rife with disease.
3

run rife

to spread quickly in an uncontrolled way:
No one knew exactly what he had done, but speculation ran rife.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary