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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Definitions for yaff

  1. Scot. and North England. to bark; yelp.

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Citations for yaff
Probably it was a dog belonging to the natives, though native dogs near stations will yaff as they pursue their game, as I have heard them, but this is rare. William Howitt, The History of Discovery in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, 1865
Now he is certain; he pauses for a moment, looks back to see if his master is at hand; "Yaff! yaff!" the brakes ring with his merry clamor, his comrade rushes to his aid like lightning, yet pauses ever, obedient to the whistle, nor presses the game too rashly... Henry William Herbert, American Game in Its Seasons, 1853
Origin of yaff
1600-1610
Yaff may be a dialectal blend of waff meaning "bark" with yap or yawp. It entered English in the early 1600s.
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