- senseless, stupid, or foolish.
- insane; crazy.
- Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.
Origin of daft
Examples from the Web for dafter
"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
- informal foolish, simple, or stupid
- a slang word for insane
- informal (postpositive foll by about) extremely fond (of)
- slang frivolous; giddy
Word Origin and History for dafter
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."