duff

3
[duhf]
verb (used with object) Slang.
  1. to give a deliberately deceptive appearance to; misrepresent; fake.
  2. 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.
  3. Australian.
    1. to steal (cattle).
    2. (formerly) to alter the brand on (stolen cattle).
  4. to cheat someone.

Origin of duff

3
1830–40; back formation from duffer, in the slang senses “something inferior or counterfeit” or “a peddler of inferior goods”
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Examples from the Web for duffing

Historical Examples of duffing

  • But he was as innocent of all this duffing racket as Tottie Polwarth there.'

    Nevermore

    Rolf Boldrewood

  • So perhaps there won't be any need for "duffing" after all.'

    Robbery Under Arms

    Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

  • He nearly "run in" a young man we knew on the other side, and him as innocent about the duffing as the babe unborn.

    Nevermore

    Rolf Boldrewood

  • Dick Bowers, who has been several times in custody for duffing, was charged with having robbed Mr. Philips, of Bryanstone-street.

  • Doublet, a spurious diamond, made up of two smaller stones for pawning or duffing purposes.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten


British Dictionary definitions for duffing

duff

1
noun
  1. a thick flour pudding, often flavoured with currants, citron, etc, and boiled in a cloth bagplum duff
  2. up the duff slang pregnant

Word Origin for duff

C19: Northern English variant of dough

duff

2
verb (tr)
  1. slang to change the appearance of or give a false appearance to (old or stolen goods); fake
  2. Australian slang to steal (cattle), altering the brand
  3. Also: sclaff golf informal to bungle (a shot) by hitting the ground behind the ball
adjective
  1. British informal bad or useless, as by not working out or operating correctly; duda duff idea; a duff engine
See also duff up

Word Origin for duff

C19: probably back formation from duffer

duff

3
noun
  1. slang the rump or buttocks

Word Origin for duff

C20: special use of duff 1
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Word Origin and History for duffing

duff

n.

"buttocks, rump," 1830s, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper