- empty or foolish talk; nonsense.
- insolent talk.
Origin of guff
First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps imitative
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Examples from the Web for guff
(Branch) Rickey selected Jackie because he knew he could withstand the guff.Playing Pinochle and Breaking Barriers With Jackie Robinson
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Is there a sassy but kindly Black female lawmaker who lives next door the quartet, speaking sense to men and not taking no guff?‘Alpha House’ Review: Amazon’s Comedy Falls to Sitcom Predictability, Gay Jokes
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Was love really what it was cracked up to be, or had the novelists handed us guff?The Harbor
But there are things in it that are just guff, Henry, just guff.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Pipe down that guff, you unlicked cub, or I'll crown you with a proof-bar!Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
Let's face a few facts, Thorndyke, and stop tossing this guff.
Fred Macklin interrupted, "Look, Dad, why are we bothering with all this guff?"
- slang ridiculous or insolent talk
C19: imitative of empty talk; compare dialect Norwegian gufs puff of wind
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Word Origin and History for guff
"empty talk, nonsense," 1888, from earlier sense of "puff of air" (1825), of imitative origin.
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