1. a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups.

verb (used with or without object), fifed, fif·ing.

  1. to play on a fife.


  1. a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands


  1. to play (music) on a fife


  1. a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop: 352 040 (2003 est). Area: 1323 sq km (511 sq miles)


  1. DuncanSee Duncan Phyfe

1550s, from German Pfeife “fife, pipe,” from Old High German pfifa, or via Middle French fifre (15c.) from the same Old High German word; ultimately imitative. German musicians provided music for most European courts in those days. As a verb from 1590s. Agent noun fifer is recorded earlier (1530s). Fife and drum is from 1670s.

A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.

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