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daffing

[daf-ing]
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noun Scot. and North England.
  1. merriment; playful behavior; foolishness.
  2. Archaic. insanity.

Origin of daffing

First recorded in 1525–35; daff1 + -ing1

daff1

[daf]
verb (used without object) Scot. and North England.
  1. to make sport; dally; play.

Origin of daff1

1525–35; v. use of daff (obsolete) a fool, Middle English daffe (noun); see daft

daff2

[daf]
verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to turn or thrust aside.
  2. Obsolete. to doff.

Origin of daff2

First recorded in 1590–1600; alteration of doff
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Examples from the Web for daffing

Historical Examples

  • Is there any reason to refrain from laughing and daffing while at that work?

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • I hae had mony a day's daffing wi' Jean's mither, and they say she bides on wi' them.

    Bride of Lammermoor

    Sir Walter Scott

  • It was just daffing, I tell ye: daffing, and nae mair: a piece of fun, like!

  • This was the more characteristic, as, for all his daffing, he was a modest and very polite little fellow among ourselves.

  • One of our chief times of daffing was when he required a horse, another bottle, or some money.

    The Master of Ballantrae

    Robert Louis Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for daffing

daff1

noun
  1. informal short for daffodil

daff2

verb
  1. (intr) mainly Scot to frolic; play the fool

Word Origin

C16: from obsolete daff fool, of uncertain origin
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