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[daft, dahft] /dæft, dɑft/
adjective, dafter, daftest.
senseless, stupid, or foolish.
insane; crazy.
Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.
Origin of daft
before 1000; Middle English dafte uncouth, awkward; earlier, gentle, meek, Old English dæfte; cf. deft
Related forms
daftly, adverb
daftness, noun Unabridged
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  • The daft loon wud hae bed me promise to merry him—that's a'!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • "Ey, she's none so daft, is yon lass," observed the blacksmith.

  • "I'm none so daft as daftly dealt with, mother," interrupted the blacksmith.

  • But there—I must be daft to be thinkin' o' moths at such a time.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • What is he thinking of to stand there gazing at her downcast face as if he were daft?

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
British Dictionary definitions for daft


adjective (mainly Brit)
(informal) foolish, simple, or stupid
a slang word for insane
(informal) (postpositive) foll by about. extremely fond (of)
(slang) frivolous; giddy
Derived Forms
daftly, adverb
daftness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable
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Word Origin and History for daft

Old English gedæfte "gentle, becoming," from Proto-Germanic *gadaftjaz (cf. Old English daeftan "to put in order, arrange," gedafen "suitable;" Gothic gadaban "to be fit"), from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense progression from "mild" (c.1200) to "dull" (c.1300) to "foolish" (mid-15c.) to "crazy" (1530s) probably was influenced by analogy with daffe "halfwit."

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