biff

1
[ bif ]
/ bɪf /
Slang.

noun

a blow; punch.

verb (used with object)

to hit; punch.

Nearby words

  1. bierstube,
  2. biestings,
  3. bifacial,
  4. bifarious,
  5. bifariously,
  6. biffer,
  7. biffex,
  8. biffin,
  9. biffo,
  10. biffy

Origin of biff

1
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; perhaps imitative

biff

2
[ bif ]
/ bɪf /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for biff

biff

/ (bɪf) slang /

noun

a blow with the fist
Irish school slang a blow to the palm of the hand with a strap or cane as a punishment

verb

(tr) to give (someone) such a blow

Word Origin for biff

C20: probably of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for biff

biff

v.

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

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