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noun Informal.
  1. empty or foolish talk; nonsense.
  2. insolent talk.
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Origin of guff

First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps imitative
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Related Words for guff

hogwash, crap, rubbish, garbage, bunk, baloney, hooey, foolishness, drivel, poppycock, bull, bunkum, flapdoodle

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Historical Examples of guff

  • Was love really what it was cracked up to be, or had the novelists handed us guff?

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • But there are things in it that are just guff, Henry, just guff.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Pipe down that guff, you unlicked cub, or I'll crown you with a proof-bar!

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Let's face a few facts, Thorndyke, and stop tossing this guff.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Fred Macklin interrupted, "Look, Dad, why are we bothering with all this guff?"

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for guff


  1. slang ridiculous or insolent talk
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Word Origin for guff

C19: imitative of empty talk; compare dialect Norwegian gufs puff of wind
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Word Origin and History for guff


"empty talk, nonsense," 1888, from earlier sense of "puff of air" (1825), of imitative origin.

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