from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as coof.


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  • "A pound a week," said Saunders Mowdiewort, promptly, who though a cuif was a business man, "an 'a cottage o' three rooms wi 'a graun' view baith back an 'front!"

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • The cuif is a feckless person of the male sex, who is a recognized butt for a whole neighbourhood to sharpen its wits upon.

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • "Ye wud easy ken he had learned his singin 'at the sea"; an 'he glowered roond at him gey ill-natir'd like, an' says, "Haud your tung, ye roarin 'cuif."

    My Man Sandy

  • "I thought ye had just been a cuif-you and your saxpence, and your LUCKY DAY and your SAKE OF BALWHIDDER" - from which I was gratified to learn that Catriona had not forgotten some of our talk.

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • "Noo, cuif," said Meg, with an accent of warning in her voice,

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • "Wha seeks you, Jess, 'ill be sair ill-aff!" he replied very briskly for a cuif.

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • It may be well to explain that there is a latent meaning, apparent only to Galloway folk of the ancient time, in the word "cuif."

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • "D'ye think ye are the first man that has telled me that, cuif?" said Meg, with point and emphasis.

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • "Hae ye nocht better than that to tell us, cuif?" said Meg, briskly, "nocht fresh-like?"

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • The cuif, who had been uneasily balancing himself first on one foot and then on the other, and apologetically passing his hand over the sleek side of his head which was not covered by the bonnet, replied gratefully:

    The Lilac Sunbonnet


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