Definition of yoof noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//juːf//
; NAmE NAmE//juːf//
[uncountable] (British English, informal, humorous)
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a non-standard spelling of ‘youth’, used to refer to young people as a group, especially as the group that particular types of entertainment, magazines, etc. are designed for Culture The word yoof was invented in the 1980s as a deliberate wrong spelling of youth. It implies that much of what is produced for young people assumes that they are not very intelligent

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