Auf vs Cauf - What's the difference?

auf | cauf |

As nouns the difference between auf and cauf

is that auf is (obsolete) a changeling or elf child; a child left by fairies while cauf is a chest with holes for keeping fish alive in water or cauf can be .



Alternative forms

* oaf * ouphe


  • (obsolete) A changeling or elf child; a child left by fairies.
  • (obsolete) A deformed or foolish child; a simpleton; an oaf.
  • (Drayton)
    (Webster 1913) ----



    Etymology 1

    Originally a misspelling of , of which (term) remains a homophone. (rfimage)


  • A chest with holes for keeping fish alive in water.
  • * 1926 : Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses, Reports , volume 2, unknown page (Executive Committee)
  • The live fish is now kept in the cauves until sold for consumption in the home-country or abroad.
    * Glossographia; or, A Dictionary Interpreting the Hard Words of Whatsoever Language, Now Used in Our Refined English Tongue'', by (1662?; in 1670 Ed.)
    , a little trunk or chest with holes in it, wherein Fishermen keep Fish alive in the water, ready for use. * “ †cauf]” listed in the [2nd Ed.; 1989

    Etymology 2

    Phonetic respelling.


  • * 1845 : Charles Rogers, Tom Treddlehoyle’s Thowts, Joakes, an Smiles for Midsummer Day , pages 40–41
  • An estimate at traffick hez been made be sum foaks, at wor set ta tack noatis, an it appear’d, bit average a wun month, thear wor enter’d Pogmoor an Hickam, fifteen wheelbarras, nine turnap rowlers, eighteen cauves , six sither grinders, wun wattar barril, nine haulin-horses, two pol’d cahs, three pair a cuts, wun hearse, sixteen dogs, three sheep, fourteen coil-carts, thurty mules, twenty-five geese, an three pigs.
    * Publications of the English Dialect Society, volume 52 (1886), page 26]
    CAUF, CAUVES. — Common pronunciation of Calf, Calves: as “I’d been to serve the cauves;” “She’s gotten a quee cauf[.” English terms with multiple etymologies ----