- the buttocks or rump: If you don't like the way things are, get off your duff and do something about it!
Origin of duff1
First recorded in 1885–90; expressive word, perhaps akin to doup
- a stiff flour pudding, boiled or steamed and often flavored with currants, citron, and spices.
Origin of duff2
1830–40; dialectal variant (Scots, N England) of dough
- to give a deliberately deceptive appearance to; misrepresent; fake.
- British. (in golf) to misplay (a golf ball), especially to misjudge one's swing so that the club strikes the ground behind the ball before hitting it.
- to steal (cattle).
- (formerly) to alter the brand on (stolen cattle).
- to cheat someone.
Origin of duff3
1830–40; back formation from duffer, in the slang senses “something inferior or counterfeit” or “a peddler of inferior goods”
- organic matter in various stages of decomposition on the floor of the forest.
- fine, dry coal, especially anthracite.
Origin of duff4
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Examples from the Web for duff
Like many of the competitors, neither she nor Duff is concerned about winning, only with finishing.Vermont’s Amazing, Grueling, Traumatic Race
June 22, 2011
Duff McDonald is a contributing editor at Fortune magazine and a former contributing editor at Condé Nast Portfolio.
In this week's Newsweek, Duff McDonald pieces together the Palin scion's earnings.
Duff and friends are not the only ones who mug for the camera.Dessert TV: Always Sour
October 5, 2010
“Those girls got gigantic rings,” Bonnie Fuller says of the diamonds given to Underwood and Duff.Hockey Hunks Conquer Hollywood!
June 1, 2010
It is a vulgar crime, Duff; it would be very hard to stoop to it.
I begin to regret now, Duff, that I did n't take your advice.
Don't boast of it, Duff; even notoriety is not always a cheap luxury.
The blame was thrown upon "Duff" Armstrong, who was arrested.The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln
The other two volumes by Mr. Duff are also of the greatest assistance.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
- a thick flour pudding, often flavoured with currants, citron, etc, and boiled in a cloth bagplum duff
- up the duff slang pregnant
C19: Northern English variant of dough
- slang to change the appearance of or give a false appearance to (old or stolen goods); fake
- Australian slang to steal (cattle), altering the brand
- Also: sclaff golf informal to bungle (a shot) by hitting the ground behind the ball
- British informal bad or useless, as by not working out or operating correctly; duda duff idea; a duff engine
See also duff up
C19: probably back formation from duffer
- slang the rump or buttocks
C20: special use of duff 1
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Word Origin and History for duff
"buttocks, rump," 1830s, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper