Main definitions of dowf in English

: dowf1dowf2

dowf1

adjective

  • 1dialect Dull, flat; lacking in spirit or energy, listless; inactive.

  • 2dialect Sad, melancholy, out of spirits.

  • 3dialect Of a sound: dull, flat, hollow. Now somewhat rare.

  • 4dialect, rare Of a day, etc., with regard to its weather: dull, overcast; hazy. Compare "duff".

  • 5dialect, rare Of vegetable matter: decayed, rotten, lacking the kernel or substance. Compare "deaf nut", "duff".

noun

dialect, rare
  • A dull blow, typically the result of striking with something soft; the sound made by such a blow; a thud. Also in "to play dowf": to thump. Compare "duff", "doof [noun²]".

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. Probably partly from early Scandinavian.

Pronunciation

dowf

/daʊf/

Main definitions of dowf in English

: dowf1dowf2

dowf2

(also doof)

verb

rareScottish
  • no object To thump, buffet, punch, or strike (someone or something), especially with a soft object or substance. Also without object. intr.requently with down. Occasionally also without object: to land with a thud.

Origin

Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). Partly from dowf.

Pronunciation

dowf

/daʊf/