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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A lout; a coward. [Scotch.]

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  • noun Scotland An idiot, or fool.

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  • "Nantucketers took a dim view of off-islanders. They called them 'strangers,' or even worse, 'coofs,' a term of disparagement originally reserved for Cape Codders but broadened to include all of those unlucky enough to have been born on the mainland."

    --Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, 10–11

    May 1, 2008