from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stiff flour pudding boiled in a cloth bag or steamed.
- n. Decaying leaves and branches covering a forest floor.
- n. Fine coal; slack.
- n. Slang The buttocks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Dough.
- n. A stiff flour pudding, often with dried fruit, boiled in a cloth bag, or steamed
- n. Decaying vegetable matter on the forest floor.
- n. Coal dust.
- n. The bits left in the bottom of the bag after the booty has been consumed, like crumbs.
- n. Something spurious or fake; a counterfeit, a worthless thing.
- n. An error.
- adj. Worthless; not working properly, defective.
- n. The buttocks.
- v. To disguise something to make it look new.
- v. To alter the branding of stolen cattle; to steal cattle.
- v. To beat (up).
- v. To hit the ground behind the ball.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Dough or paste.
- n. A stiff flour pudding, boiled in a bag; -- a term used especially by seamen.
- n. the buttocks.
- transitive v. To treat or manipulate so as to give a specious appearance to; to fake; hence, to cheat.
- transitive v. In Australia, to alter the brands on (cattle, horses, etc.); to steal (cattle, etc.), and alter their brands.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dough; paste of bread.
- n. Nautical, a stiff flour pudding boiled in a bag or cloth: as, sailors' plum duff.
- n. Vegetable growth covering forest-ground.
- n. Fine coal.
- In golf, to miss a stroke by hitting the ground behind the ball.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stiff flour pudding steamed or boiled usually and containing e.g. currants and raisins and citron
Dialectal variation of dough.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Representing a northern pronunciation of dough. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain; probably imitative. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain; perhaps the same as Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)
Originally thieves' slang; probably a back-formation from duffer. (Wiktionary)