- 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 oafish
The political mutterings of oafish celebrities are best ignored.Steven Seagal and the League of Hollywood Halfwits
June 6, 2013
It was an appropriate response: violent oafs should be fired from their university jobs for violent, oafish behavior.How 1960s Radicals Ended Up Teaching Your Kids
April 10, 2013
Didn't he have enough self-control just to ignore Symes and his oafish insults?
He was blaming himself bitterly now for his oafish clumsiness in blurting out the news so abruptly.The Adventures of Sally
P. G. Wodehouse
He looked like an oafish clod, even viewed objectively, and Forrester was making no efforts in that direction.
- a stupid or loutish person
Word Origin and History for oafish
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.