1. (also scorf, skoff) to eat, to gobble up.
|Swell’s Night Guide 48: He scoffed weed; that is, chewed tobacco. [Ibid.] 50: You must grub with the grunters, and scoff cabbage without salt.|
|Before the Mast (1989) 193: Ned & I ‘scoffed’ it between us.diary 1 Aug. in Gosnell|
|Admiral Guinea II i: Get me a noggin of rum and suthin’ to scoff.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Oct. 12/1: It is earnestly desired that the new man when he invites his fellow citizens to the festive ‘hop,’ won’t request a favoured forty to ‘scorf’ the best vittles in a private room. [Ibid.] 14/2: After the fair young feeder has ‘scorfed’ everything that comes handy she finishes up by sucking the gravy from her finger tips.|
|Sporting Times 15 Mar. 2/2: He may learn from those present that that particular product of sallees de Meilhan was ‘skoffed’ before Calais.|
|Anaconda Standard (MT) 15 Dec. 10/1: ‘Wanter scoff? Well, Jack [...] I’ll make dat hash joint wish dey had never went inter der business’.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] The Rich Girl and the Poor [lyrics] The poor girl she just scorfs a plate o’ whelks, / But she gets there just the same.|
|Salt-Water Ballads 7: A packet o’ Sailor’s Delight as I scoffed in the seas o’ the Horn.‘Sing a Song o’ Shipwreck’ in|
|Observer (N.Z.) 27 Nov. 52/1: Don’t you get scoffin’ all my bally whisky.|
|Gem 30 Sept. 5: You don’t mean to say that you’ve scoffed all the tommy, you unearthly porpoise!|
|‘A Tale of Two Fists’ XXIII in Pittsburgh Press (PA) 5 June 32/2: ‘I’ve always been a good eater, and the Fishers liked their scoffin’ too’.|
|Anna Christie Act II: We’d all ought to be with Davy Jones [...] we’d be being scoffed by the fishes this minute!|
|Ulysses 161: Scoffing up stewgravy with sopping sippets of bread.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 260: Skoff, To: To eat.|
|Travels of Tramp-Royal 234: A couple of duck eggs [...] that I knew he meant to keep till he got a chance to scoff them on the sly.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 119: Bet you scoffed all the bloody lot, didn’t you?|
|Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960) 93: I could scoff a hoss between two mattresses.‘Noah’s Ark’|
|Cockade (1965) I iii: You can’t miss them ... two sons of Africa scoffing Kit-e-Kat sandwiches.‘Prisoner and Escort’ in|
|After Hours 185: Ham and pork sausages (them Jews were scoffin’ them up).|
|Beano 26 June 8: We’re scoffing his grapes!|
|Eve. Standard 4 June 54: We spend the time [...] scoffing tasty grub.|
|Guardian Rev. 1 Jan. 14: In between all the scoffing and quaffing.|
2. to give food, to feed.
|Tramping with Tramps 384: Blokey, squeal at that house over there – it’s a priest; he’ll scoff ye.|
3. to grab.
|Sporting Times 3 Mar. 3/3: ‘I haven’t scoffed anything from you, have I?’ [...] ‘Young man, you are using that term in its vulgar, idiotic, and slang sense.’.|
|Gem 17 Oct. 14: The feed’s been scoffed. Then it’s all up with the grub.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 48: ‘Toby,’ she shrieked [...] ‘they’ve scoffed another beagle!’.|
|Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 30 May [Internet] Filling the trough so the pigs can scoff [...] how to rip off the government through state leasing.|
4. in fig. use, to defeat or attack.
|Sporting Times 6 May 1/3: Marriage on such lines / Was like ‘Hamlet’ with no ‘moody Dane’ to scoff.‘Wedlock by Wire’|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 4: We could see that the lousy old wog was going to make one big, determined rush and scoff us that way.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 222: He would in any case squash me against the wall like a bed-bug [...] belt me, scoff me, and in general make my life unbearable.|
5. (US drugs) to take narcotics orally.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 108/2: To scoff. To take narcotics through the mouth.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
6. (US campus) to fellate.
|Current Sl. III:3 10: To eat (often with sexual connotations).|
7. to drink.
|Pallet on the Floor 29: What say we go down to my burg and scoff some home-brew.|
8. (US teen) to steal, to pilfer.
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 3 Aug. Today I scoffed this diary. It was the first time I had stolen anything in a long time.|
(US) good or plentiful food.
|Topeka State Jrnl (KS) 10 Oct. 3/1: I’m getting my chuck regular at home and believe muh, it’s real scoffing.|
(US black) to have a difficult time, to encounter problems.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 15: Well, the skull was spreading his propaganda that he’d been scoffing on fishheads and scrambling for the gills.|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 Summer/Winter 131: The lexicographers of homosexuality […] have been scoffing fishheads and scrambling for the gills (having a hard time).|