guff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guff unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guff An oaf or fool.
    • n guff Idle or foolish talk; stuff.
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Usage

In literature:

Nothing but high moral guff.
"The Conflict" by David Graham Phillips
But do you expect anybody's going to swallow that guff?
"Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters" by Henry Wallace Phillips
He "wanted no guff," and I left him to his meditations respecting his defenceless state.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
At that moment Reuben Guff entered with his friends.
"The Pioneers" by R.M. Ballantyne
It's the same guff I heard about how to handle lions.
"Victory" by Lester del Rey
You have been here long enough, I should guess from your talk, to get on to our American guff.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
All the women are gathered round, listening to his guff like it was sound sense.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
You know that guff about Man's Pioneering Spirit.
"Get Out of Our Skies!" by E. K. Jarvis
I don't want none o' yer guff!
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
That's real people jawing and not a lot of smarty guff.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
She screamed and cried a while ago, but I'm used to that sort of guff.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
But there are things in it that are just guff, Henry, just guff.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Was love really what it was cracked up to be, or had the novelists handed us guff?
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
You can't fool Rosie with guff like that!
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
Guff says they are dissatisfied with me, and will contribute no longer.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
That wolf thought I swallowed that guff.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
He said he was sick of hearing me always get off that same old guff, and if I really wanted to, I could.
"Home Fires in France" by Dorothy Canfield
He "wanted no guff," and I left him to his meditations respecting his defenseless state.
"Out of Mulberry Street" by Jacob A. Riis
I don't want none o' yer guff!
"A Ten Year War" by Jacob A. Riis
Don't try to come any of that thanks guff on me.
"The City of Masks" by George Barr McCutcheon
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In poetry:

Wordsworth wrote some tawdry stuff;
Much of Moore I have forgotten;
Parts of Tennyson are guff;
Bits of Byron, too, are rotten.
"Us Poets II" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Them vows an' things sounds like a lot o' guff.
Maybe, it's foolish thinkin' all this stuff—
Maybe, it's childish-like to scheme an' plan;
But—I dunno—it's that way wiv a man.
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
The hoose fire was luntin, I ken'd by the smeek
Rowin' oot o' the lum, an' the guff o' peat reek
I snufft wi' delight: sae the folk were asteer,
An' I thocht in the by-gaun for them I wad speer.
"The Ballad O' Mary Muiren" by Janet Hamilton
I never seen no "red gods"; I dunno wot's a "lure";
But if it's sumpin' takin', then Spring has got it sure;
An' it doesn't need no Kiplins, ner yet no London Jacks,
To make up guff about it, w'ile settin' in their shacks.
"How Spring Comes To Shasta Jim" by Henry Van Dyke
Fer when a bloke 'as come to be reel cobbers wiv a bloke,
They sorter swap good fellership wivout words bein' spoke.
I never slung no guff to Mick, 'e never smooged to me,
But we could smoke, an' 'old our jor, an' be reel company.
"Introduction to Ginger Mick" by C J Dennis
I reckerlect one time a Beak slings Mick a slab uv guff,
Wiv "Thirty days or forty bob" (Mick couldn't raise the stuff) -
An' arsts 'im where 'is conshuns is, an' w'y 'e can't be good,
An' Mick jist grins, an' takes it out, an' never understood.
"Introduction to Ginger Mick" by C J Dennis

In news:

Goldman's business-standards review is not all guff.
The Bee Gees have received a lot of guff, and rightfully so, for their early-career Beatles soundalike songs.
Getty Images) Tommy Thompson took a lot of guff last week for misstating the number of homes he owns.
The take-no-guff comedian best known for portraying an authority-hating alcoholic fireman on his old TV series "Rescue Me" plays Capt.
I often get guff from traveling companions because I like to go to the movies when I'm on vacation.
Brad Pitt isn't taking any guff in the first trailer for Killing Them Softly .
Brad Pitt isn't taking any guff in the first trailer for Killing Them Softly.
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