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BOUFF, Bowff, v.1 and n.1 [bʌuf]

1. v. To beat. “This would seem to be merely a variety of buff [to strike]” (Fif. 1825 Jam.2). Cf. Baff, n.2 and v.2, and Boof, and mod. slang usage, biff. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.2 1935.

2. n. “A stroke in golf” (Ags.1 1935). Gsw. 1922 Glasgow Herald (13 Feb.) 8:
The caddie looked and remarking that “he didna ken anything about bisques,” said he would “tak twa bowffs.”

[Perhaps from O.Fr. buffe, a buffet, a blow (Godefroy); but cf. Low Ger. buff, a blow (Bense).]

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