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daft

[daft, dahft]
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adjective, daft·er, daft·est.
  1. senseless, stupid, or foolish.
  2. insane; crazy.
  3. Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.

Origin of daft

before 1000; Middle English dafte uncouth, awkward; earlier, gentle, meek, Old English dæfte; cf. deft
Related formsdaft·ly, adverbdaft·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for dafter

Historical Examples

  • "There'll be dafter folk as me in your hoose yet," spluttered Gilmour angrily, as he turned away.

    The House with the Green Shutters</p>

    George Douglas Brown

  • Differjuist this differ, that ye'll walk oot wi' some dafter lass than Sal Mackay.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City</p>

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for dafter

daft

adjective mainly British
  1. informal foolish, simple, or stupid
  2. a slang word for insane
  3. informal (postpositive foll by about) extremely fond (of)
  4. slang frivolous; giddy
Derived Formsdaftly, adverbdaftness, noun

Word Origin

Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable
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Word Origin and History for dafter

daft

adj.

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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