American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, high-pitched, transverse flute used primarily to accompany drums in a military or marching band.
- v. To play a fife.
- v. To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a fife.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument of the flute class, usually having a compass of about two octaves upward from the second D above the middle C; a piccolo, or a flute of still higher pitch: much used in military music, particularly with drums.
- To play the fife, or to execute on a fife: as, to fife in a band; to fife a tune.
- n. In organ-building, a piccolo stop.
- n. A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music.
- v. To play on a fife.
- n. a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band
- Probably German Pfeife, from Middle High German pfīfe, from Old High German pfīffa, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pīpāre, to chirp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The effective centre of my Own fife is the Province of Quebec and I would not have it otherwise.”
“The old cylindrical ear-piercing fife is an obsolete instrument, being superseded by a small army flute, still, however, called a fife, used with the side drum in the drum and fife band.”
“He had a great longing — strange enough in that peaceful sheep-raising neighborhood — to go into the army; but he and his elder brother were the mainstay of their crippled father, and he could not be spared from the large household until a younger brother could take his place; so that all his fire and military zeal went for the present into martial tunes, and the fife was the safety-valve for his enthusiasm.”
“He had a great longing -- strange enough in that peaceful, sheep-raising neighborhood -- to go into the army; but he and his elder brother were the mainstay of their crippled father, and he could not be spared from the large household until a younger brother could take his place; so that all his fire and military zeal went for the present into martial tunes, and the fife was a safety-valve for his enthusiasm.”
“At the foot of each mast there is a contrivance for securing ropes, called the fife-rail.”
“The lyre (Tamboura) and a kind of fife with a dismal sound, made of the hollow Dhourra stalk, are the only instruments I saw, except the kettle-drum.”
“But the next moment she heard the familiar sounds of a jig she knew well - "Half a Penny" - played on some kind of fife or pipe.”
“Ornaments and musical instruments employed in dances and religious ceremonies do not differ much among the Pueblo Indians; the principal ones being the drum, rattle, notched sticks, a kind of fife, and a turtle-shell rattle.”
Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879 Second Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1880-81, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1883, pages 307-428
“The day was spent in mirththe Lenni-Lenape nation and Jollity the soldiers paradingof the Delaware Valley marching with fife & Drum and Huzzaing as they passd the poles their hats adornd with white blossoms”
“The liberals 'overreach has awakened the sleeping giant known as The Silent Majority and they're suddenly amazed the American people aren't just dancing along merrily to the fife the Pied Piker (Obama) is playing.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘fife’.
-ife- & -iferous : common and not-so-common words about life
an immense, grandiloquent list that loads like a thousand years sentence in stone. new words are in the other lists.
Words that have been used as baby names, including virtue names, nature names, place names, etc.
The title is an actual name given to a Puritan boy in the 17th century.
For all those fifers and drummers out there... This one's for you.
Related lists are here and here.
need to learn these words!!!!!!!!
Collect them all!
Looking for tweets for fife.