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guff

[guhff] /gʌff/
noun, Informal.
1.
empty or foolish talk; nonsense.
2.
insolent talk.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; perhaps imitative
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  • All this sycophantic guff reflects widespread ignorance about what the queen has actually done.
  • When it demanded toughness, she adopted a no-guff-taking posture.
British Dictionary definitions for guff

guff

/ɡʌf/
noun
1.
(slang) ridiculous or insolent talk
Word Origin
C19: imitative of empty talk; compare dialect Norwegian gufs puff of wind
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Word Origin and History for guff
n.

"empty talk, nonsense," 1888, from earlier sense of "puff of air" (1825), of imitative origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for guff

guff

noun
  1. Nonsense; pretentious talk; bold and deceitful absurdities; bullshit: his ability to listen to all the guff, through all the tedium (1888+)
  2. Complaints, abuse: Don't take any guff from him
verb

To lie; exaggerate; bullshit: Quit your guffing and tell it right

[perhaps fr Scots gaff, ''loud, rude, merry talk''; gaff in the first sense, now obsolete, is found by 1825]


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