One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dog's low suppressed bark.
- ‘She can't answer phones but she greets clients with a wuff and sometimes a pawshake.’
- ‘After several weeks, she finally has begun to scratch the floor playfully, swing her head back and forth, and give out a "Wuff!" when Bob appears.’
(of a dog) give a low suppressed bark.
- ‘They wuffed and wheezed and wagged and wiggled for us and then after a minute or two they sat their tired selves down and gazed at me and my camera.’
- ‘On the morning that this photo was taken though, I let the boys out the back only to hear Colin wuffing at something.’
- ‘She wuffed and pretended to bite him.’
- ‘As he sat back, a large, softly furred head pushed onto his lap and wuffed softly in greeting.’
Early 19th century: imitative.
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