: verbal abuse
doesn't take any guff

Examples of guff in a Sentence

His latest book has a lot of guff about conspiracies of one kind or another. His friends have given him a lot of guff about his hair. She doesn't take guff from anybody.
Recent Examples on the Web No longer was the genre considered all-singing, all-dancing guff beloved by American philistines, but something of emotional and intellectual merit. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2023 And Gerwig and Gosling, who got a lot of guff about his age when he was cast, managed to turn his Ken into the unexpected emotional center of the movie after his character is hilariously wooed by patriarchal tropes. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023 Lolo, who takes no guff, even as a small child, pops him right in the nose. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2023 Fiercely independent, Pavon took no guff. Katy Read, Star Tribune, 24 Dec. 2020 But the workplace scenes, especially in early seasons, were also entertaining, thanks to a variety of celebrity callers (who weren’t playing themselves, which added to the fun) and Frasier’s capable producer, Roz (Peri Gilpin), who doesn’t take any guff from Mr. Pretentious. oregonlive, 2 July 2020 Mullen gets some guff about recruiting, because he’s never been in the same league as Nick Saban or Kirby Smart – or Urban Meyer during his Florida days. Christopher Smith, al, 2 Oct. 2020 Given him a lot of guff for his work over the years, but this was one of bill Mason’s ideas. Staff Reports, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2022 Perform mindless, pointless and degrading tasks all day while taking guff from perfect strangers and feckless idiots. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 16 June 2022

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Word History


probably imitative

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guff was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Guff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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