Definitions

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

  • noun Decaying leaves and branches covering a forest floor.
  • noun Fine coal; slack.
  • noun The buttocks.
  • noun A stiff flour pudding boiled in a cloth bag or steamed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In golf, to miss a stroke by hitting the ground behind the ball.
  • noun Dough; paste of bread.
  • noun Nautical, a stiff flour pudding boiled in a bag or cloth: as, sailors' plum duff.
  • noun Vegetable growth covering forest-ground.
  • noun Fine coal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. Dough or paste.
  • noun A stiff flour pudding, boiled in a bag; -- a term used especially by seamen.
  • transitive verb To treat or manipulate so as to give a specious appearance to; to fake; hence, to cheat.
  • transitive verb In Australia, to alter the brands on (cattle, horses, etc.); to steal (cattle, etc.), and alter their brands.
  • noun slang the buttocks.

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

  • noun dialectal Dough.
  • noun A stiff flour pudding, often with dried fruit, boiled in a cloth bag, or steamed
  • noun US, slang The buttocks.
  • noun Scotland, US Decaying vegetable matter on the forest floor.
  • noun Coal dust.
  • noun slang The bits left in the bottom of the bag after the booty has been consumed, like crumbs.
  • noun Something spurious or fake; a counterfeit, a worthless thing.
  • noun baseball, slang, 1800s An error.
  • adjective UK Worthless; not working properly, defective.
  • verb slang, obsolete To disguise something to make it look new.
  • verb Australia To alter the branding of stolen cattle; to steal cattle.
  • verb UK, slang To beat (up).
  • verb US, golf To hit the ground behind the ball.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a stiff flour pudding steamed or boiled usually and containing e.g. currants and raisins and citron

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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

[Origin unknown.]

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

[Dialectal variation of dough.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Representing a northern pronunciation of dough.

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Origin uncertain; perhaps the same as Etymology 1, above.

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Origin uncertain; probably imitative.

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Originally thieves' slang; probably a back-formation from duffer.

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  • The only thing getting up the duff will be my plums.

    Let the boy buy a butt plug Gordon!

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  • I've seen them live numerous times and I don't recall a duff gig, in fact most were glorious riotous funky celebrations.

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  • I've seen them live numerous times and I don't recall a duff gig, in fact most were glorious riotous funky celebrations.

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  • pass counterfeit goods

    March 13, 2007

  • Organic matter on the forest floor.

    July 12, 2007

  • Or one's backside. ;-) The mother of a friend of mine used to get her kids moving by telling them to get off their duffs.

    July 12, 2007

  • Goodness gracious!

    Oh (relief) I thought you said "On one's backside."

    July 12, 2007

  • Duff on one's duff would be rather disturbing.

    July 12, 2007

  • Indeed it would!

    Actually I like the "backside" definition of duff.

    July 12, 2007

  • And the reasons are legion. They vary

    from inherited duff chromosomes

    to car-crash damage and breakdowns...

    - Peter Reading, There seem to be so many of them,, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008

  • Plum Duff chromosomes - mmm, mmm, yummy!

    June 29, 2008

  • To enhance the value of Sunday to the crew, they are allowed on that day a pudding, or, as it is called, a "duff." This is nothing more than flour boiled with water, and eaten with molasses. It is very heavy, dark, and clammy, yet it is looked upon as a luxury, and really forms an agreeable variety with salt beef and pork. Many a rascally captain has made up with his crew, for hard usage, by allowing them duff twice a week on the passage home.

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 4

    September 6, 2008

  • (see also plum duff)

    September 6, 2008