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Definition of faff verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

faff

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fæf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fæf//
 
(British English, informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they faff
BrE BrE//fæf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fæf//
 
he / she / it faffs
BrE BrE//fæfs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fæfs//
 
past simple faffed
BrE BrE//fæft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fæft//
 
past participle faffed
BrE BrE//fæft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fæft//
 
-ing form faffing
BrE BrE//ˈfæfɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæfɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin late 18th cent. (originally dialect in the sense ‘blow in puffs’, describing the wind): imitative. The current sense may have been influenced by dialect faffle ‘stammer, stutter’, later ‘flap in the wind’, which came to mean ‘fuss, dither’ at about the same time as faff (late 19th cent.). Phrasal Verbsfaff about

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