1. a mean, surly old fellow; often as old cuff.
|Times’ Whistle Sat. IV 1255: Some rich cuffe [...] of far worse qualities than an olde ape.|
|Astrologaster 42: Some twentie yeeres before his death [he] told Cuffe our Countreyman [...] that hee should come to an vntimely end.|
|Hesperides 40: Cuffe comes to Church much, but he keeps his bed / Those Sundayes onely when as Briefs are read. This makes Cuffe dull.‘Upon Cuffe’|
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk I 7: The lustiest Carles thereabouts. Rich Cuffs and very sturdy Louts.|
|Innocent Mistress I ii: He looks a surly, old, rich cuff.|
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 296: Having bound and gag’d the Servants, and tyed the old Cuff to a Bed-Post.|
|Artifice Act V: I’m glad the old Cuff does not know me again.|
|Polly Honeycombe 23: Ten to one the old cuff may not stay with her — I’ll pop into this closet.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 297: Says this old cuff: Restore but helen.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: An old cuff; an old man.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 40: [as cit. 1772].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
2. a jovial old man.
|Mercurius Fumigosus 14 30 Aug–6 Sept. 120: The PY-WOMEN [...] can afford such amorous smiles, delusive glances, inciting phrases, sweet language; that no cuffe can have the Power to withstand their imbraces.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: A pleasant Old Cuff, a frolicksom old Fellow.|