from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To strike or punch.
  • noun A blow or punch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sudden, sharp blow or punch.
  • noun snowboarding : A wipeout.
  • verb To strike such a blow.
  • verb To discard; to throw out; to throw away.
  • verb snowboarding : To wipeout; to faceplant; to fall.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From English biff, interjection, probably of imitative origin.]


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  • "The next instant, before she could prance away again, the _other_ end of that slim, black tip swung out of the branch and whipped itself round and round her body, and a black head, with sharp fangs in it, hit her _biff, biff, biff_! on the nose.

    Children of the Wild Charles George Douglas Roberts 1901

  • Now, like biff is proclaiming, I don’t have any homophobic tendencies.

    Parent Opposes Rainbow Triangles at WAHS at 2003

  • I guess we have a new cvillenesian, folks! biff is creating what seems to be "forums within forums".

    Parent Opposes Rainbow Triangles at WAHS at 2003

  • All of these properties are also stored in the folder cache (nsIMsgFolderCache) to avoid opening up all of the databases just to figure out how many unread messages are in each folder. nsIMsgAccountManager and nsIMsgBiffManager are two managers that handle account creation and the periodic mail download (generally called biff), respectively.

    Planet Mozilla 2010

  • He calls himself "biff" – what do you expect from him, an original thought or something?

    Walk, chew gum - Beyond The Commons - 2009

  • I think it was "biff" who made that conclusion based on being online about the same time of day.

    There are no words ... CC 2008

  • Central Powers no end of a "biff" in this particular quarter.

    Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918 1893

  • An example: there's bus ads for shows like Nurse Jackie with the slogan "Our heroes have more fun" complete with "biff" "bam" and "pow" sound effects on the images.

    Dinosaur Comics 2010

  • This is a rare intrusion of 'biff' in a contest that has seen Brash say he did not go hard at Clark in a televised debate because she was a woman. - Comments 2009

  • About: KBiff is a KDE "biff" or new mail notification utility.

    Netvouz - new bookmarks 2008


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  • "He doesn't half want a thick ear, the blighter. Biff him one, Harry." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008

  • Gibbo picks up a Magnesian Limestone

    chunk and assails the ledges at random,

    biffing an incubating kittiwake

    full in the sternum - an audible slap.

    - Peter Reading, At Marsden Bay, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 29, 2008

  • an American jock and (usually, by extension) an ethically as well as intellectually lacking sort of guy (with monosyllabic friends, e.g. Bud, Bruce, Jake)

    August 3, 2009