A kind of small shrill flute used with the drum in military bands.
- The air came alive with the shrill whistling of the fifes, and the drums began pounding in rhythm with my heart.
- Other events at the castle included 24 drummers who gave a special display involving drums, bugles and fifes, and an appearance of the Richmond Drummer boy, an important part of local legend.
- The band is made up of a stringed guitar, drum, and fife.
verb[no object] archaic
Play the fife.
- His deep interest in Irish culture and music prompted his research into the Lambeg drumming and fifing traditions of Ulster.
- Example sentences
- Isaac Davis and one of his soldiers were killed instantly by the volley, and four Americans were wounded, including the fifer; the music abruptly stopped.
- A regiment so equipped, with its drum and fife corps of 12 drummers and 12 fifers, would be greatly enhanced in its aspect for military functions.
- Orders issued in 1791 and 1795 prohibited Eurasians from commissioned service in the army, except as drummers, fifers, and farriers.
Mid 16th century: from German Pfeife 'pipe', or from French fifre from Swiss German Pfifer 'piper'.
Words that rhyme with fifeFyfe, knife, life, pro-life, rife, still-life, strife, wife
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