From Middle Dutch boef, boeve, bouve, from Old Dutch *buovo, from Proto-Germanic *bōbô, a reduplicated form of *bō- (“father, brother, male relative”).
Cognate with English bub, Pennsylvania Dutch Bub, German Bube, Icelandic bófi (“rogue, knave”). Related also to English babe, English boy.
- IPA(key): /buf/
- Hyphenation: boef
- Rhymes: -uf
boef m (plural boeven, diminutive boefje n)
- crook, thief, thug
- rascal, scamp