\ ˈgəf How to pronounce guff (audio) \

Definition of guff

2 : 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 Hailee Steinfeld's performance in the Hawkeye series was a pitch-perfect adaptation of Kate Bishop, replicating her archery skills, signature purple outfits, and refusal to take any guff from adults. Christian Holub,, 8 May 2022 With just a few lines of dialogue, a striking costume covered in mysterious features (is that an antenna on his helmet?), and a take-no-guff attitude, Fett left Star Wars fans wanting more. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 Her performance as Emma Tate nails that Mary Poppins blend of dainty and feisty, serving as a comforting presence that also takes no guff. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 Months after smart, take-no-guff Rose Ito, 23, arrives in Chicago, she is run over by a subway train and dies. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 The Golden Globes rightfully takes a lot of guff for being so starstruck and so susceptible to fancy campaign tactics. Joe Reid, Vulture, 22 Feb. 2021 Oil is not a hazardous material, but some post offices might give you guff about sending it. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2020 One outlier: the vampire-hunting physician Van Helsing, a woman who takes no guff from anyone and taps Mina as a kindred spirit. New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 Bailey has a reputation as someone who doesn’t take a lot of guff. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Guff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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