Word of the Week


From the OED:


A churl, boor, lout.

c1386 CHAUCER Miller’s T. 2 A riche gnof, that gestes heeld to bord, And of his craft he was a Carpenter. 1566 DRANT Horace, Sat. I. i. Aib, The chubbyshe gnof that toyles and moyles and delueth in the downe. 1567 TURBERV. Epit., etc. 4 If Vulcan durst presume That was a Gnuffe to see..Dame Venus to assaile. 1575 A. NEVILLE De furor. Norf. 141 The cuntry gnooffes, Hob, Dick, & Hick, with clubs, and clouted shoon [so a1627 in Hayward Edw. VI, 76 (but spelt knuffes)]. 1581 J. STUDLEY Seneca’s Hercules {Oe}tæus 198 The covetous charle, the greedy gnoffe in deede..In plenty pines the wreatch. 1610 HEALEY St. Aug. Citie of God XIV. iv. 501 The Pagans wisdome and vertues were scorned of the ritch gnoffes [L. crassis diuitibus] that held shades for substances, and vertues for meere vanities.”

Famous gnoffs include:


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