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plural -s
Scottish : blow, stroke, thud
she struck him on the face with a resounding baff
: a golf stroke in which the sole of the club hits the ground and drives the ball aloft


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transitive verb

: strike
specifically : to make a stroke with a golf club so that the sole of the club strikes the ground and lofts (the ball)

Word History



probably of imitative origin

First Known Use


circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Transitive Verb

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baff was circa 1800

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“Baff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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