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[bif] /bɪf/ Slang.
a blow; punch.
verb (used with object)
to hit; punch.
Origin of biff1
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; perhaps imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for biffed
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  • I own up I was surprised when I heard how the Porters had biffed him.

  • "He tried to yank her off an' she biffed him," replied Wilson.

  • Ef we all biffed you now, these same men you've been so dead anxious to kill 'u'd call us off.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • "biffed 'im on the 'ead wiv the 'andle," corroborated the boy in a toneless voice.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • We reached the landing where the boats were anchored and as Dum had not biffed Mabel, I suppose her prayer was answered.

  • One biffed us over on to the two rear wheels, but we dropped back on four on the top speed.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • With which words he biffed off; and I, having given him a minute or two to get out of the way, rose and made for the drawing-room.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for biffed


a blow with the fist
(Irish, school slang) a blow to the palm of the hand with a strap or cane as a punishment
(transitive) to give (someone) such a blow
Word Origin
C20: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for biffed



"to hit," 1877, imitative (as a sound effect, from 1847). Related: Biffed; biffing. As a noun, attested from 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for biffed



  1. A blow with the fist; sock •Biff as the sound of a blow is attested in 1847 (1890+)
  2. A stupid young woman (1980s+ College students)


  1. : He wouldn't quit, so she biffed him (1890+)
  2. To fail; flunk (1980s+ College students)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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