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[woo f, woof]
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  1. filling(def 5).
  2. texture; fabric.
  3. British. warp(def 13).
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Origin of woof1

before 900; Middle English oof, owf, Old English ōwef, āwef (compare gewef), equivalent to ō-, ā- a-3 + wef (akin to web); modern w- from weft, warp, weave, etc.


[woo f]
  1. (used to imitate the bark of a dog).
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  • They lay far deeper, in the very warp and woof of her nature.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Of this warp and woof have all the strange patterns of Spanish life been woven.

  • And as a shuttle separates the warp from the woof, so a name distinguishes the natures of things.

  • As in a web the warp is stronger than the woof, so should the rulers be stronger than their half-educated subjects.



  • She looks to it that warp and woof are wrought with speed and beauty.

British Dictionary definitions for woof


  1. the crosswise yarns that fill the warp yarns in weaving; weft
  2. a woven fabric or its texture
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Word Origin

Old English ōwef, from ō-, perhaps from on, + wef web (see weave); modern form influenced by warp


  1. an imitation of the bark or growl of a dog
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  1. (intr) (of dogs) to bark or growl
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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.

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dog bark noise, first recorded 1804, echoic. Woofer "loudspeaker for bass notes" first attested 1935.

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