What does the word rife mean?

Usage examples for rife

  1. Though suspicions of loyalty were rife, and in those days easily started by the most trivial communication, the books were sent. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  2. The dreaded marauders were at work, and stories were rife of insult to women, and outrages upon men whom they hung by the neck till almost dead unless they revealed the whereabouts of their treasures. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  3. Stories are rife of their even refusing to work at disastrous fires because beer was not immediately forthcoming. – The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies by Walter Besant