from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bark; yelp.
- v. To hit or strike, especially with something flat or soft.
- v. To strike the ground with the bottom of the club when taking a stroke.
- n. blank
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A blow; a stroke; thud.
- n. a stroke in which the sole of the club hits the ground and drives the ball aloft.
- v. To strike; to beat; to make a baff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bark; yelp.
- To beat; strike; specifically, in the game of golf, to hit the ground with the club when striking at the ball.
- n. A blow; a heavy thump.
- Worthless; useless.
From Middle English baffen ("to bark"). Cognate with Dutch baffen ("to bark"), Low German baffen ("to bark"), German baffen, bäfzen ("to bark"), Danish bjæffe ("to yelp"), Swedish bjäbba ("to yelp, bark"). Compare buff, yaff. (Wiktionary)
Probably from Old French baffe ("slap in the face") (French baffe), of imitative origin. (Wiktionary)