caff

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Clipping of cafeteria.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kæf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æf

Noun[edit]

caff (plural caffs)

  1. (Britain, slang) café, cafeteria.
    Synonyms: caf; see also Thesaurus:restaurant
    • 1912, Stephen Leacock, “The Hostelry of Mr. Smith”, in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, page 27:
      No one in Mariposa had ever seen anything like the caff. All down the side of it were the grill fires, with great pewter dish covers that went up and down on a chain, [] ; you could watch a buckwheat pancake whirled into existence under your eyes and see fowls' legs devilled, peppered, grilled, and tormented till they lost all semblance of the original Mariposa chicken.
    • 2012, Suzanne Hall, City, Street and Citizen, Routledge (→ISBN), page 52:
      After working his way up in restaurant kitchens, Nick's father bought a caff off the Walworth Road, and named it The Bosphorus in homage to a cultural homeland elsewhere.

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

caff

  1. Alternative form of chaf

Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English calf (young cow).

Noun[edit]

caff

  1. Alternative form of cauf (calf (young cow))

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English caf, caff, kaf, kaff, alternative forms of chaf.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

caff (uncountable)

  1. Chaff; the parts of harvested grain not usable as food, especially straw or husks.
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