guff

noun
\ ˈgəf How to pronounce guff (audio) \

Definition of guff

2 : verbal abuse doesn't take any guff

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Bailey has a reputation as someone who doesn’t take a lot of guff. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "High school stands behind ‘Bulldog’ security guard as she copes with breast cancer," 31 Oct. 2019 Musgraves abided no guff, especially from folks who advised her against speaking her mind counter to the more rigid, traditional country music worldview. Allison Glock, Marie Claire, "Kacey Musgraves Doesn't Want Your Permission," 11 Sep. 2019 Touch points: Yet more boardroom guff which creeps into media interviews. Suresh Rangarajan, Quartz India, "It’s 2019 and Indian businesses need to retire these clichéd phrases," 31 July 2019 There's been an absolute guff load of transfer rumours doing the rounds recently, and a large chunk of them seem to be about two blossoming West Ham stars. SI.com, "Fornals Stunner, Kabak Bid Made & Hernandez Exit Talk: West Ham News Roundup," 20 June 2019 Notwithstanding the guff, the commercial potential is indeed significant—as are the potential problems. The Economist, "Facebook wants to create a worldwide digital currency," 20 June 2019 Sitting behind home plate at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the 1998 World Series, the 16-year-old Gwynn took plenty of guff from Yankees fans. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Decade later, Gwynn has no regrets about tripling Pads' pain," 29 Sep. 2017 LaJoye also said that TSA — which got a lot of guff for extremely long backups at checkpoints two years ago — has added 620 officers since the first of the year and plans to hire an additional 1,000 before summer travel peaks in July. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Prepare for long lines and possible Memorial Day delays, especially at these airports," 23 May 2018 His wife, Hilary, had (quite reasonably) been giving him guff about that matter and finally had prevailed upon him to get some new ones. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "The remarkable Hilary Watson's inspiring battle against cancer | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of guff

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guff

probably imitative

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“Guff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guff. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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guff

noun
How to pronounce guff (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of guff

informal
: foolish nonsense
chiefly US : annoying or playful criticism

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