guff

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  • enPR: gŭf, IPA(key): /ɡʌf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌf

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guff (countable and uncountable, plural guffs)

  1. (informal, uncountable) Nonsensical talk or thinking.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “… That woman is stark mad, Lord Stranleigh. [] If she had her way, she’d ruin the company inside a year with her hare-brained schemes ; love of the people, and that sort of guff.”
  2. (informal, uncountable) Superfluous information.
  3. (informal, uncountable) Insolent or otherwise unacceptable remarks.
  4. (slang, countable) A fart; act of breaking wind.

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guff (third-person singular simple present guffs, present participle guffing, simple past and past participle guffed)

  1. (slang) To fart.
  2. (slang) To mislead.
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "The Next Witness", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 14:
      "Let me see if I get you. You can't bear to help convict Ashe of murder because you doubt if he's guilty, so you're scooting. Right?"
      [] "That's close enough," Wolfe said.
      "Not close enough for me. If you expect me to [] invite a stiff fine for running out on a subpoena [] , don't try to guff me. Say we doubt if Ashe is guilty, but we think he may get tagged because we know Mandelbaum wouldn't go to trial without a good case. Say also our bank account needs a shot in the arm, which is true. So we decide to see if we can [] "

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