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Cuffy \Cuf"fy\ (k?f`f?), n. A name for a negro. [Slang]


n. (alternative form of cuffee English)

Cuffy (Guyanese rebel)

Coffy, or Kofi, or Koffi (died in 1763), was an Akan man who was captured in his native West Africa and stolen for slavery to work in the plantations of the Dutch colony of Berbice in present-day Guyana. He became famous because in 1763 he led a revolt of more than 2,500 slaves against the colony regime. Today, he is a national hero in Guyana.


Cuffy may refer to:

  • Cuffy (person), or Kofi, an Akan slave in the Dutch colony of Berbice (present-day Guyana) who in 1763 led a revolt of more than 2,500 slaves
  • Cuffy, Cher, a commune of the Cher département, in France
  • Cuffy (TV series), a British sitcom from the early 1980s.
  • Cuffy Meigs, a character in Atlas Shrugged
  • Cuffy (Youtube), a minor celebrity on the popular video sharing site Youtube.

See also:

  • William Cuffay
Cuffy (TV series)

Cuffy was a British sitcom from 1983. It spawned off from the 1980-1981 ATV comedy-drama Shillingbury Tales, and both series were created by Francis Essex. In Shillingbury Tales, the character of Cuffy appeared in two episodes and was played by Bernard Cribbins, who reprised this role, now given centre stage, for this series, alongside the rest of the main Shillingbury cast: Jack Douglas as farmer Jake, Linda Hayden as his daughter Mandy, Nigel Lambert as the Reverend Norris, and Diana King as the local spinster Mrs. Simkins.

In as much the Shillingbury Tales were made by ITC Entertainment and seen on the ITV network via its parent company ATV, Cuffy was made by ATV's successor company Central Independent Television also for the ITV network.

Usage examples of "cuffy".

It's like on the railroad, too: I could get along with Gem Weatherby, he was civilized, but Cuffy Meigs—that's something else again, that's .

She knew that no train schedules could be maintained any longer, no promises kept, no contracts observed, that regular trains were cancelled at a moment's notice and transformed into emergency specials sent by unexplained orders to unexpected destinations—and that the orders came from Cuffy Meigs, sole judge of emergencies and of the public welfare.

There was no way to tell which acts of plunder had been prompted by the charity-lust of the Lawsons and which by the gluttony of Cuffy Meigs—no way to tell which communities had been immolated to feed another community one week closer to starvation and which to provide yachts for the pull-peddlers.

There was the form of the formless, she thought, there was the method of his consciousness: he wanted her to protect him from Cuffy Meigs without acknowledging Meigs' existence, to fight it without admitting its reality, to defeat it without disturbing its game.

It did not take her long to discover that the cars had not been sent to Minnesota and that the order had come from Cuffy Meigs—but who had carried it out, who had tangled the trail, what steps had been taken by what compliant men to preserve the appearance of a safely normal operation, without a single cry of protest to arouse some braver man's attention, who had falsified the reports, and where the cars had gone—seemed, at first, impossible to learn.

Then men like Cuffy Meigs will devour the last of our rails and engines.

The second "People's Manager" sent to Rearden Steel had belonged to the faction of Cuffy Meigs.

As a tiny girl, Anne had toddled about the vast gardens alongside her papa, clutching her own tiny trowel and shovel Jock had instructed Cuffy, the blacksmith, to make for a child's small hands.

Another solitary trip to Castle Macdough was necessary, to seed the Veenbes there, and then Macdough awaited the right moment to introduce the subject of his inheritance into a conversation with a pair of old drinking pals, Cuffy and Tooth (both of whom had, as a matter of fact, been along on the night of the New York concert).

Was it Cuffy who finally said, "Damn it, man, there could be something of value there.

If you had done with Cuffy what you ought to have done when he first came into Parliament, and had prevented him from going over to Duffy, you would have got him into alliance with Fuffy, you would have had with you the weight attaching as a smart debater to Guffy, you would have brought to bear upon the elections the wealth of Huffy, you would have got in for three counties Juffy, Kuffy, and Luffy, and you would have strengthened your administration by the official knowledge and the business habits of Muffy.