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scoff, noun2

skaf, skofShow more Also skaf, skof, skoff.
Dutch, AfrikaansShow more From Dutch schoft three hours’ work, shift, quarter of a day; hence each of the day’s meals; or from schaften to eat. (This sense does not exist in Afrikaans.) See also folk etymology, at quotation 1993.
Food; a meal. Also attributive.
Cf. Scottish English ‘scaff’.
1855 J.W. Colenso Ten Weeks in Natal 54The plate would be open; the meat and other scoff (food), which the Kafirs are so fond of, would be within his reach.
1993 Fly Paper (S. Afr. Airforce Assoc.) Feb. 20Scoff. You have most likely heard this word which is considered rather a vulgar term for food. Its origin is interesting. During the Anglo-Boer War the rations of bully beef and biscuits came from England, and when the boxes were sent off to the various units, they were consigned to the Senior Commissioned Officer which, when abbreviated, resulted in S.C.OFF, hence the troops associated it with food.
Food; a meal. Also attributive.

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