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woof1

Syllabification: woof
Pronunciation: /wo͝of
 
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noun

The barking sound made by a dog.
Example sentences
  • There are many barks in the distance - yips vs woofs, neither of which is Jasper's.
  • The animal's footfalls seemed to echo in the woofs as the boy continued to listen intently.
  • Today, I got in a great workout, some brunch, some used clothes shopping, and a few whistles and woofs from the locals.
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verb

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1(Of a dog) bark: the dog started to woof
More example sentences
  • I understand that when dogs woof, they may be saying one of several things.
  • The dog woofed and waived his tail, staring imploringly at his master.
  • Other dogs sit tethered to benches, and occasionally woof at competing mutts, but Jasper whines and barks the entire time.
1.1US black slang Say something in an ostentatious or aggressive manner but with no intention to act: King start woofing to keep folks off our case. Just woofing. Just talk
More example sentences
  • Jackson also is extremely loyal to his players, including Kobe - who has publicly defied his coach and even woofed at him when his selfishness was questioned during a timeout recently.

Origin

early 19th century: imitative.

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  • waffle from (late 17th century):

    Someone who waffles now talks on and on in a vague or trivial way, but in the 17th century to waffle was ‘to yap or yelp’, and then ‘to dither’. It came from the English dialect term waff ‘to yelp’ (the same word as woof (early 19th century), both imitating the sound), and seems to have been used mainly in northern England until the modern meaning developed at the start of the 20th century. Waffle meaning ‘a small crisp batter cake’ is quite different: it comes from Dutch wafel, and before that Old French gaufre, the root of wafer (Middle English). Gaufre also meant ‘honeycomb’, and this is probably the basic idea—the criss-cross indentations on a waffle or wafer look like a honeycomb.

Words that rhyme with woof

aloof, behoof, goof, hoof, pouffe, proof, roof, shadoof, spoof, Tartuffe, underproofpouffe

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woof2

Syllabification: woof
Pronunciation: /wo͞of
 
, wo͝of
 
/

noun

Another term for weft1.
Example sentences
  • The figure is formed, as in damask, by the warp overlapping several threads of the woof.
  • It is altogether possible that we may see far-reaching changes in the basic structure of our Government, in the woof of our political thinking.
  • Understanding that, like everything before us, we will rot our way back into the woof and warp of the planet.

Origin

Old English ōwef, a compound from the base of weave1; Middle English oof later became woof by association with warp in the phrase warp and woof.

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  • waffle from (late 17th century):

    Someone who waffles now talks on and on in a vague or trivial way, but in the 17th century to waffle was ‘to yap or yelp’, and then ‘to dither’. It came from the English dialect term waff ‘to yelp’ (the same word as woof (early 19th century), both imitating the sound), and seems to have been used mainly in northern England until the modern meaning developed at the start of the 20th century. Waffle meaning ‘a small crisp batter cake’ is quite different: it comes from Dutch wafel, and before that Old French gaufre, the root of wafer (Middle English). Gaufre also meant ‘honeycomb’, and this is probably the basic idea—the criss-cross indentations on a waffle or wafer look like a honeycomb.

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