daff

1
[daf]

Origin of daff

1
1525–35; v. use of daff (obsolete) a fool, Middle English daffe (noun); see daft

daff

2
[daf]
verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to turn or thrust aside.
  2. Obsolete. to doff.

Origin of daff

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; alteration of doff
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Examples from the Web for daff

Historical Examples of daff

  • Mr. Daff, however, offered the best apology for his absence that could be made.

  • No that the King is sair to live with either, so that he can eat and drink and daff, and be let alone to take his ease.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge


British Dictionary definitions for daff

daff

1
noun
  1. informal short for daffodil

daff

2
verb
  1. (intr) mainly Scot to frolic; play the fool

Word Origin for daff

C16: from obsolete daff fool, of uncertain origin
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