Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A buff (strike) in return; a counterblow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To strike or drive back or in an opposite direction; to stop by a blow or impulse in front.
  • n. A blow in an opposite direction; a stroke that stops motion or cause a recoil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike back; meet by a blow in an opposite direction; drive back; stop by a blow or a sudden check in front.
  • n. A blow in an opposite direction; a stroke that stops motion or causes a recoil.

Etymologies

counter- +‎ buff (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But if the cuff was fairly given, I will be judged by the good men around, if it was not as well repaid — or, if thou thinkest I still owe thee aught, and will stand forth for another counterbuff — “By no means,” replied Friar Tuck, “I had mine own returned, and with usury — may your Majesty ever pay your debts as fully!”

    Ivanhoe

  • But if the cuff was fairly given, I will be judged by the good men around, if it was not as well repaid --- or, if thou thinkest I still owe thee aught, and will stand forth for another counterbuff --- ''

    Ivanhoe

  • Whom Cuddye doth counterbuff with a byting and bitter prouerbe, spoken indeede

    Shepheardes Calendar

  • But if the cuff was fairly given, I will be judged by the good men around, if it was not as well repaid -- - or, if thou thinkest I still owe thee aught, and will stand forth for another counterbuff -- - "

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • But if the cuff was fairly given, I will be judged by the good men around, if it was not as well repaid -- or, if thou thinkest I still owe thee aught, and will stand forth for another counterbuff -- "

    Ivanhoe

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