Definition of ref in English:


Syllabification: ref


  • (In sports) a referee.
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    • The amount of abuse that some players give the refs must make refs feel like sending players off just to shut them up.
    • I actually found myself on the verge of boycotting the playoffs because of the refs.
    • With time running out and Salford supporters screaming at the ref to blow for full time, Duffy made another break.

verb (refs, reffing, reffed)

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  • Act as referee in (a game or match).
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    • Steve Clark will be reffing the game.
    • The sad part is, he has reffed at least 15 of our games.
    • Nick Matthew reffed the first match with almost no conflicts.


late 19th century: abbreviation.

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