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(slang) money
Derived Forms
oofy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Yiddish ooftisch, from German auf dem Tische on the table (referring to gambling stakes)
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  • And I cut off his head with one stroke, like a feather, while he only said 'oof!'

  • Well, if I was a Johnny, and had got the oof, she'd have a brougham and a sealskin to-morrow.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • They give the oof, the dollars, the shekels, and do not give the power to enjoy.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • And if not, still Corinne and I will have had eight weeks in Paris with oof which we can burn.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Ouphe, pronounced "oof," is an old-fashioned word for goblin or elf.

    Wonder-Box Tales

    Jean Ingelow
  • I will, even if I have to forgo my baccy for a month to raise the oof.

  • And there's a mad dook wot's gone and give all is oof to the pore!

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Take dot, oof you like or oof you don'd like, und dere's anoder!

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
  • I know as mooch as you, meppy, oof I could only t'ink oof it.

    Motor Matt's Mystery Stanley R. Matthews
Slang definitions & phrases for oof



  1. Money
  2. The potency of liquor

[1860s+; shortening of ooftisch]

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