1. Prevailing; prevalent; abounding.
Before the plague of London, inflammations of the lungs were rife and mortal. --Arbuthnot.
Even now the tumult of loud mirth
Was rife, and perfect in may listening ear. --Milton.
2. Having power; active; nimble. [Obs.]
What! I am rife a little yet. --J. Webster.
-- Rife*ly, adv. -- Rife*ness, n.
adj 1: encountered generally especially at the present time; "the
prevailing opinion was that a trade war could be
averted"; "the most prevalent religion in our area";
"speculation concerning the books author was rife"
[syn: prevailing, prevalent]
2: excessively abundant [syn: overabundant, plethoric]