Definition of ref in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɛf/


(In sports) a referee.
Example sentences
  • 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)

[with object]
Act as referee in (a game or match).
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with ref

chef, clef, deaf, def, eff, Geoff, Jeff, Kiev, teff, tone-deaf

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