from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stiff kind of flour-pudding containing raisins and boiled in a bag: a favorite sea-dish.


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  • On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the so-called Banyan days of the service, when his hateful ration of meat was withheld and in its stead he regaled himself on plum-duff -- the "plums," according to an old regulation, "not worse than Malaga" -- he had a taste of it.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • The "doctor" worked up his plum-duff on the main hatch in full view of hungry men, and tobacco was in plenty for those who had money to pay for it, Trunnell giving fair measure to all who ran bills on the slop chest.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • It was finally suggested that as the awning was stretched, the plum-duff could be served on deck better than below in the stuffy cabin, so here we enjoyed the meal.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • Chairs were set out by the old mate and two harpooners who had come aft, and the cook spruced himself up to get us out a plum-duff for lunch.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • So they whistled up the plum-duff side of the Puddin ', and had supper.

    The Magic Pudding

  • Then came 2½ square inches of plum-duff each, and a good mug of cocoa washed down the whole.

    The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913

  • I'd cooked some wild duck, and roasted a hare, boiled a most splendid plum-duff and finally baked a big damper, and I can tell you I was patting myself on the back because I need not do any more cooking for nearly a week, unless it were fish -- I'm not a cook by nature, and pretty often go hungry rather than prepare a meal.

    A Little Bush Maid

  • No doubt he gets his own back by giving us plum-duff without troubling to extract the cockroaches; but we manage to thrive on it.

    The Submarine Hunters A Story of the Naval Patrol Work in the Great War

  • A trip to Australia, with salt pork all the time, sea-biscuit every day, lobscouse on Sundays, plum-duff once a month, and a total absence of mental stimulus, cured him of the idea that freedom was to be found on the bounding wave and the rolling deep.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Reformers

  • A lump of indurated plum-duff, like a geological specimen, was on the table.

    Old Junk


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  • "'Mr Pullings, a bosun's chair, if you please, a whip for the dunnage, and pass the word for the children.'

    "The cry ran through the ship 'Children aft — children report to the Captain — all children aft' and Jack's two little girls came running from the galley, grasping massy half-eaten slabs of cold plum-duff, followed by George, their younger brother, in his first pair of pantaloons, carried by a hairy quartermaster."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 24-25

    February 11, 2008