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    Cool piffed

    Someone in a castle is nicknamed as the old owl. The sentence says:

    Servants piffed to hear Roderick the First so nicknamed.

    I don't achieve to find the exact meaning of piffed. Are they leaning towards and tuning their hearing to better get informed about the nickname of his master?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: piffed

    Maybe it could mean that they whishted each other? It might be some kind of onomatopoeia. I've never heard of it either and I don't see it in the Webster's.

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    Cool Re: piffed

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Maybe it could mean that they whishted each other? It might be some kind of onomatopoeia. I've never heard of it either and I don't see it in the Webster's.
    Sorry, whishted? What do you mean?

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    #4

    Re: piffed

    Shushed. But it's just a guess.

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    Cool Re: piffed

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Shushed. But it's just a guess.
    Hard to guess, indeed. But thank you for your kind interest anyway.

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    #6

    Re: piffed

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Shushed. But it's just a guess.
    Spot on! My impression is that in Scotland it's an exclamation and in Ireland it's a verb - commonly used in the expression 'Will you wisht?' (=Be quiet). Anyway, it's a 'Celtic fringe' thing. If any other British dialect uses it, I'd expect it to be one with a Celtic background (Welsh, Cornish, Manx...)

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