a blow; punch.

verb (used with object)

to hit; punch.

Origin of biff

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; perhaps imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biffed

Contemporary Examples of biffed

Historical Examples of biffed

  • 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.

  • "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.

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


(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 biffed



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

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