- a clumsy, stupid person; lout.
- a simpleton; dunce; blockhead.
- a deformed or mentally deficient child.
- a changeling.
Origin of oaf
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Examples from the Web for oaf
With Bill Forrester dead, then, had she turned to the oaf for comfort?
The oaf shambled along, his arm no longer around Gerda's waist.
Viewed objectively, there was nothing wrong with what the oaf was doing.
He and Joe were well matched and with the oaf as an ally really he had all the best of it.
For a double second he had the oaf alone on his hands and that was sufficient.
- a stupid or loutish person
Word Origin and History for oaf
1620s, auf, oph (modern form from 1630s), "a changeling; a foolish child left by the fairies" [Johnson], from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian alfr "silly person," in Old Norse, "elf" (see elf). Hence, "a misbegotten, deformed idiot." Until recently, some dictionaries still gave the plural as oaves.