duff

1 [duhf]

Origin:
1885–90; expressive word, perhaps akin to doup

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duff

2 [duhf]
noun
a stiff flour pudding, boiled or steamed and often flavored with currants, citron, and spices.

Origin:
1830–40; dialectal variant (Scots, N England) of dough

duff

3 [duhf]
verb (used with object) Slang.
1.
to give a deliberately deceptive appearance to; misrepresent; fake.
2.
British. (in golf) to misplay (a golf ball), especially to misjudge one's swing so that the club strikes the ground behind the ball before hitting it.
3.
Australian.
a.
to steal (cattle).
b.
(formerly) to alter the brand on (stolen cattle).
4.
to cheat someone.

Origin:
1830–40; back formation from duffer (def 3)

duff

4 [duhf]
noun
1.
organic matter in various stages of decomposition on the floor of the forest.
2.
fine, dry coal, especially anthracite.

Origin:
1835–45; orig. Scots dial.; perhaps metaphorical use of duff2, by association with Scots dowf decayed, rotten (see dowf), deaf (of soil) unproductive, springy to the tread

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duff1 (dʌf)
 
n
1.  a thick flour pudding, often flavoured with currants, citron, etc, and boiled in a cloth bag: plum duff
2.  slang up the duff pregnant
 
[C19: Northern English variant of dough]

duff2 (dʌf)
 
vb
1.  slang to change the appearance of or give a false appearance to (old or stolen goods); fake
2.  slang (Austral) to steal (cattle), altering the brand
3.  informal golf Also: sclaff to bungle (a shot) by hitting the ground behind the ball
 
adj
4.  informal (Brit) bad or useless, as by not working out or operating correctly; dud: a duff idea; a duff engine
 
[C19: probably back formation from duffer]

duff3 (dʌf)
 
n
slang the rump or buttocks
 
[C20: special use of duff1]

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duff
"buttocks, rump," 1830s, of unknown origin.
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duff definition


1. Duff's device.
2. Tom Duff.
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Example sentences
It would be good to see if the old body worked after sitting on my duff for the past hundred days.
In fact, the one certainty is that the manager will eventually have a duff year when he earns no performance fee at all.
Duff leaders were sent at first to run the inadequate police mission.
It conjures the image of a cyclist pushing or carrying his duff lump of transport instead of riding it.
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