- a loud, hearty laugh
- a joke, incident in a play, etc. meant to produce such a laugh
- a play, song, etc. that is a great popular success; hit
Origin of boffprobably ; from Italian buffa, a jest, or buffo, a gust of wind: see buffoon
Origin of boff; from boff (n.), a punch or blow, probably echoic
- A line in a play or film, for example, that elicits a big laugh: “He doesn't go for the big boffs, artificially inflated, but lets his comedy build through a leisurely accumulation of bizarre details” (Vincent Canby).
- A big laugh.
- A conspicuous success. Also called boffo, boffola.
Origin of boffProbably from b(ox) off(ice).
verbboffed, boff·ing, boffs
Origin of boffFrom boff, to hit, variant of buff, from Middle English buffe, a blow, from Old French, of imitative origin.
(third-person singular simple present boffs, present participle boffing, simple past and past participle boffed)
- (slang) to have sexual intercourse (with someone)
Shortened from boffin?