whuffo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of what for.

Adverb[edit]

whuffo ‎(not comparable)

  1. (US, colloquial, chiefly Southern US) Eye dialect spelling of what for.
    • 1952, Walt Kelly, Pogo, 6 April 1952 strip:
      [Alabaster:] Shhh, Uncle Pogo! We is lookin' for the Easter Bunny.
      [Pogo:] Whuffo you shushin' me? I isn't doin' nothin' but breathin'!

Noun[edit]

whuffo ‎(plural whuffos)

  1. (slang) A person who is not a skydiver.
    • 1991, New York Times, "The Executive Life; The Thrill of the Dive; The Roar of the Boss":
      "There's a wonderful sense of camraderie among skydivers," Mr. Ottley said. "It's like a secret fraternity." Initiates speak easily of "swooping" (joining a formation) and "funneling" (breaking one up). Outsiders are called "whuffos" -- shorthand for "What for you do that crazy stuff?" "You can always tell a whuffo right away," Mr. Ottley said. "They call the sport 'diving' instead of 'skydiving.' We think diving is what you do in a pool."

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes spelled wuffo.