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A stiff flour pudding made with fruit and spices and boiled in a cloth bag or steamed.
[Dialectal variation of dough.]
1. Decaying leaves and branches covering a forest floor.
2. Fine coal; slack.
1. (Cookery) a thick flour pudding, often flavoured with currants, citron, etc, and boiled in a cloth bag: plum duff.
2. (Gynaecology & Obstetrics) up the duff slang pregnant
[C19: Northern English variant of dough]
1. slang to change the appearance of or give a false appearance to (old or stolen goods); fake
2. (Law) slang Austral to steal (cattle), altering the brand
3. (Golf) golf informal Also: sclaff to bungle (a shot) by hitting the ground behind the ball
informal Brit bad or useless, as by not working out or operating correctly; dud: a duff idea; a duff engine.
[C19: probably back formation from duffer]
(Anatomy) slang the rump or buttocks
[C20: special use of duff1]
the buttocks or rump.
[1885–90; expressive word, perhaps akin to Scots doup the buttocks (< Old Norse daup)]
a boiled or steamed flour pudding, often containing currants, citron, etc.
[1830–40; dial. variant (Scots, N England) of dough]
organic matter in various stages of decomposition on the floor of the forest.
[1835–45; orig. Scots]
Past participle: duffed
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|Noun||1.||duff - a stiff flour pudding steamed or boiled usually and containing e.g. currants and raisins and citron|
pudding - any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed
adjective (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. informal) bad, poor, useless, pathetic, inferior, worthless, unsatisfactory, defective, deficient, imperfect, substandard, low-rent (informal, chiefly U.S.), poxy (slang), pants (informal) A couple of duff tracks prevent this being a masterpiece.
duff someone up beat (up), attack, assault, batter, fill in (Brit. slang), thrash, do over (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), work over (slang), clobber (slang), put the boot in (slang), lambast(e), beat the living daylights out of (informal), knock about or around The kids had duffed up the bus conductor.
duff1 [dʌf] (Brit) ADJ (= useless) → inútil; (= poor quality) → de tres al cuarto
duff2 [dʌf] VT to duff sb up → dar una paliza a algn
duff3 [dʌf] N (Culin) → budín m, pudín m
duff4 [dʌf] N → culo m
he just sits on his duff all day → pasa el día sin hacer nada
get off your duff! → ¡no te quedes ahí sentado y haz algo!
n (Cook) → Mehlpudding m
adj (Brit inf) machine, watch (= useless) → nutzlos; (= broken) → kaputt (inf); idea → blöd (inf); film, book, record, job → mies (inf); loan → faul (inf); company → unrentabel; opponent → unfähig; I’ll bet you it’s a duff one → ich wette, dass es nichts taugt