Find the word definition

Crossword clues for duff

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Even if she didn't spot that her sister was up the duff, she must have known her mum wasn't.
▪ A Godsend for anyone who has to submit work as it gets rid of the chance of sending a duff disk.
▪ This has been a duff year for him: the runs have flowed like treacle, and Dame Fortune has turned sour.
▪ For a small fee, usually a week's tuck allowance, she would duff up any victim selected.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Duff \Duff\ (d[u^]f), n. [From OE. dagh. [root]67. See Dough.]

  1. Dough or paste. [Prov. Eng.]

  2. A stiff flour pudding, boiled in a bag; -- a term used especially by seamen; as, plum duff.


Duff \Duff\ (d[u^]f), n. the buttocks; as, get off your duff and get to work. [slang]

Syn: rump; ass. []


Duff \Duff\ (d[u^]f), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Duffed; p. pr. & vb. n. Duffing.] [Etym. uncertain.] [Colloq. or Slang]

  1. To treat or manipulate so as to give a specious appearance to; to fake; hence, to cheat.

  2. In Australia, to alter the brands on (cattle, horses, etc.); to steal (cattle, etc.), and alter their brands.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"buttocks, rump," 1830s, of unknown origin.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context dialectal English) dough. 2 A stiff flour pudding, often with dried fruit, boiled in a cloth bag, or steamed Etymology 2

  1. (context UK English) worthless; not working properly, defective. n. 1 (context Scotland US English) Decaying vegetable matter on the forest floor. 2 Coal dust. 3 (context slang English) The bits left in the bottom of the bag after the booty has been consumed, like crumbs. 4 Something spurious or fake; a counterfeit, a worthless thing. 5 (context baseball slang 1800s English) An error. Etymology 3

    n. (context US slang English) The buttocks. Etymology 4


  2. 1 (context slang obsolete English) To disguise something to make it look new. 2 (context Australia English) To alter the branding of stolen cattle; to steal cattle. 3 (context British slang with "up" English) To beat up. 4 (context US golf English) To hit the ground behind the ball.


n. a stiff flour pudding steamed or boiled usually containing e.g. currents and citron


Duff may refer to:

Duff (surname)

The surname Duff has several origins. In some cases it is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Ó Duibh ("descendant of Dubh"), Mac Giolla Duibh ("son of the servant of Dubh"), Mac Duibh ("son of Dubh"). The surname Duff is also sometimes a short form of Duffin (when of Gaelic origin), and MacElduff (from Mac Giolla Duibh), and Duffy (a name with multiple origins).

The Gaelic dubh ("black", "dark") is a word-element which forms a part of many Gaelic names.

Duff (dessert)

Duff is a Bahamian cuisine dessert dish made with fruit (especially guava) in a dough. Fruit is folded into the dough and boiled, then served with a sauce. Ingredients include fruit, butter, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, flour, rum, pepper, and baking powder. The dessert is often accompanied by switcha (a lemon, water and sugar mixture) or beer.

Duff is also an english (possibly slang) term for pudding. Examples are Christmas duff, Plum duff and Suet duff.

In the 1901 short story by Henry Lawson, The Ghosts of Many Christmases, published in Children of the Bush, plum pudding is referred to both as pudding and duff:

The storekeeper had sent them an unbroken case of canned plum pudding, and probably by this time he was wondering what had become of that blanky case of duff.

Usage examples of "duff".

Duff, a New Zealand anthropologist who has made a special study of adze distributions, claiming that no adzes with butts tanged as an aid in lashing the handles have been established for Western Polynesia, whereas tanged adzes have been found throughout Eastern Polynesia, has argued that this is not in accord with what one would expect from random voyaging.

Thee to pipe our shipmates aboard with all fitting ceremony, and to kit them out in proper slops, and to mess them always on dandy duff, and to give them only easy duty and daytime watches, and to cuss or cat them only seldom.

She kicked up some duff and some doty sticks at the edge of the pile and set it afire.

One chap, he was an innocent up-country fellow, in for his first bit of duffing, like we was once, he covered his face with his hands when he found he was let off, and cried like a child.

When Sorbo asked Gluck for payment, that Bern duffed him up then windowed them as his own work.

Jim to help duff those weaners, I really believe all might have come right.

Duff exclaimed, finally standing back and wiping a sleeve happily under his nose.

The storekeeper had sent them an unbroken case of canned plum pudding, and probably by this time he was wondering what had become of that blanky case of duff.

The Deputy Governor, named Morice, declared, not only on the telephone, but in a personal interview which Duff Cooper demanded, that he had no choice but to obey the orders of his superiors.

Inspired by earlier works of Duff, Hull, Townsend, and building on insights of Schwarz, the Indian physicist Ashok Sen, and others, Witten announced a strategy for transcending the perturbative understanding of string theory.

So Kinipai pointed that way and told him to see for himself as she dropped the big blanket to the pinyon duff, revealing every bare inch of her short, finn, tawny body.

Where Duff was concerned, he had no doubt of his personal courage: the trouble there was the possibility of discipline having declined so far as to interfere with the seamanlike working of the ship into action and during the course of it.

Always a francophile, Duff Cooper became Ambassador to France at the end of the war and was created Viscount Norwich.

Everywhere I looked, Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, and Lind-say Lohan stared back at me.

Polynesian languages and cultures far to the west of Polynesia, in the eastern sector of the Melanesian islands: Tikopia, Anuta, Rennell, Bellona, Stewart, Ontong Java, the Duffs, and numbers of others.