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[guhff] /gʌff/
noun, Informal.
empty or foolish talk; nonsense.
insolent talk.
Origin of guff
First recorded in 1815-25; perhaps imitative Unabridged
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  • Taffy, guff and oxaline are all well and good in their way, but they have the great disadvantage of not being legal tender.

  • Was love really what it was cracked up to be, or had the novelists handed us guff?

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He “wanted no guff,” and I left him to his meditations respecting his defenseless state.

    Out of Mulberry Street Jacob A. Riis
  • But there are things in it that are just guff, Henry, just guff.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Fred Macklin interrupted, "Look, Dad, why are we bothering with all this guff?"

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Pipe down that guff, you unlicked cub, or I'll crown you with a proof-bar!

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • He talked a lot about the effect of the war, on people and on institutions, and that sort of guff.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • Let's face a few facts, Thorndyke, and stop tossing this guff.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for guff


(slang) ridiculous or insolent talk
Word Origin
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.

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



  1. Nonsense; pretentious talk; bold and deceitful absurdities; bullshit: his ability to listen to all the guff, through all the tedium (1888+)
  2. Complaints, abuse: Don't take any guff from him


To lie; exaggerate; bullshit: Quit your guffing and tell it right

[perhaps fr Scots gaff, ''loud, rude, merry talk''; gaff in the first sense, now obsolete, is found by 1825]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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