biff

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɪf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪf

Noun[edit]

biff (plural biffs)

  1. (informal) A sudden, sharp blow or punch.
    • 1945, C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce:
      "Hit him a biff," said the Big Man.
  2. (informal, sports) A wipeout.

Verb[edit]

biff (third-person singular simple present biffs, present participle biffing, simple past and past participle biffed)

  1. (informal, transitive) To punch or hit.
  2. (Atlantic Canada, New Zealand, slang, transitive) To discard; to throw out; to throw away.
  3. (informal, sports) To wipe out; to faceplant; to fall.

Interjection[edit]

biff

  1. The sound of a person being punched or hit.
    • 1989 June 5, The Canberra Times, Australia Capital Territory, page 10, column 2:
      Whap, Biff, Ooooof, Sock, Pow, Zok! Batman is back. Gotham City is again leaving its law and order in the hands of a man who wears plastic underpants over his tights.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

biff m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of bif
    • 2011, “Michto”, performed by Seth Gueko:
      Faire du biff, c’est michto / Mais le biff attire les michtos
      Making moola's cool / But moola attracts gold diggers

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old French boef, via English beef.

Noun[edit]

biff m (definite singular biffen, indefinite plural biffer, definite plural biffene)

  1. a steak (slice of beef)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French boef, via English beef.

Noun[edit]

biff m (definite singular biffen, indefinite plural biffar, definite plural biffane)

  1. a steak (slice of beef)

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English beef. First attested in 1822.[1]

Noun[edit]

biff c

  1. a beef steak [since 1822][1]
  2. (colloquial) a large and very muscular person; a beefy guy, a beefcake
    Wow! Vilken biff!
    Wow! What a beefy guy!

Usage notes[edit]

False friend with beef, see nötkött.

Declension[edit]

Declension of biff 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative biff biffen biffar biffarna
Genitive biffs biffens biffars biffarnas

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