sclaff
intransitive verb Etymology: Scots, from sclaff, noun, literally, blow with the palm; probably of imitative origin Date: 1893 to scrape the ground instead of hitting the ball cleanly on a golf stroke • sclaff nounsclaffer noun

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  • Sclaff — Sclaff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sclaffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sclaffing}.] [Orig. uncert.] 1. To scuff or shuffle along. [Scot.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Golf) To scrape the ground with the sole of the club, before striking the ball, in making a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sclaff — Sclaff, v. t. (Golf) To scrape (the club) on the ground, in a stroke, before hitting the ball; also, to make (a stroke) in that way. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sclaff — Sclaff, n. [Scot.] 1. A slight blow; a slap; a soft fall; also, the accompanying noise. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Golf) The stroke made by one who sclaffs. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. A thin, solid substance, esp. a thin shoe or slipper. [Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sclaff — [sklaf, skläf] vi. [< Scot sclaf, to shuffle: of echoic orig.] Golf to strike or scrape the ground before hitting the ball vt. Golf 1. to scrape (a club) along (the ground) before hitting the ball 2. to hit (the ball) in this way n. a… …   English World dictionary

  • sclaff — [[t]sklæf[/t]] v. Golf. 1) spo to sclaff the ground with the club 2) spo a sclaffing stroke • Etymology: 1890–95; orig. Scots, sclaf to slap sclaff′er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • sclaff — I noun a poor golf stroke in which the club head hits the ground before hitting the ball • Hypernyms: ↑golf stroke, ↑golf shot, ↑swing II verb 1. strike (a golf ball) such that the ground is scraped first • Topics: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sclaff — sclaffer, n. /sklaf/, Golf. v.t. 1. to scrape (the ground) with the head of the club just before impact with the ball. v.i. 2. to sclaff the ground with the club. n. 3. a sclaffing stroke. [1890 95; special use of Scots sclaf to shuffle] * * * …   Universalium

  • sclaff — /sklæf/ (say sklaf) Golf –verb (t) 1. to scrape (the ground) with the club before hitting the ball. –verb (i) 2. to sclaff the ground. –noun 3. a sclaffing stroke. {special use of Scottish sclaf shuffle} –sclaffer, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • sclaff´er — sclaff «sklaf, sklahf», verb, noun. –v.t., v.i. Golf. 1. to scrape (the ground) with a golf club before hitting the ball. 2. to hit (a golf ball) after scraping the ground with the club. –n. 1. Golf. a sclaffing stroke. 2. Scottish. the noisade… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sclaffed — Sclaff Sclaff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sclaffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sclaffing}.] [Orig. uncert.] 1. To scuff or shuffle along. [Scot.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Golf) To scrape the ground with the sole of the club, before striking the ball, in making …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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