Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • (v.t.): to strike a blow, to beat (Scots dialect, or golf).

    (n): a blow, stroke or thud, with special reference to golf, sensu reesetee's previous comment, below.

    The word may find its origin as an interjection imitating the sound of a shot or sharp blow.

    December 31, 2008

  • (v.t.): to strike a blow, to beat (Scots dialect, or golf).

    (n): a blow, stroke or thud, with special reference to golf, sensu reesetee's previous comment, below.

    The word may find its origin as an interjection imitating the sound of a shot or sharp blow.

    December 31, 2008

  • Sounds like one of those Batman fight scene words.
    Baff!

    July 18, 2008

  • In golf, to strike the ground with a club in making a stroke (verb), or a stroke with a club that unduly lofts the ball (noun).

    April 4, 2008