Origin of woof1
- (used to imitate the bark of a dog).
Examples from the Web for woof
But the thugs are numerous enough to be part of the warp and woof of the community.The War on Drugs Is What Makes Thugs
August 21, 2014
But the warp and woof of the business changed hardly at all, nor should it have.Al Qaeda’s Failure on Wall Street
September 12, 2011
Matt DeAngelis, who plays Woof in the show, admitted to being a big softie.Broadway's Gay-Marriage Bonanza
July 30, 2011
They lay far deeper, in the very warp and woof of her nature.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Of this warp and woof have all the strange patterns of Spanish life been woven.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
And as a shuttle separates the warp from the woof, so a name distinguishes the natures of things.Cratylus
As in a web the warp is stronger than the woof, so should the rulers be stronger than their half-educated subjects.Laws
She looks to it that warp and woof are wrought with speed and beauty.The Economist
- the crosswise yarns that fill the warp yarns in weaving; weft
- a woven fabric or its texture
- an imitation of the bark or growl of a dog
- (intr) (of dogs) to bark or growl
Word Origin and History for woof
"weft, texture, fabric," Old English owef, from o- "on" + wefan "to weave" (see weave). With excrescent -w- by influence of warp or weft.
dog bark noise, first recorded 1804, echoic. Woofer "loudspeaker for bass notes" first attested 1935.