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verb (used without object) Scot. and North England.
  1. to make sport; dally; play.
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Origin of daff1

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


verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to turn or thrust aside.
  2. Obsolete. to doff.
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Origin of daff2

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

Historical Examples

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

    The Ayrshire Legatees

    John Galt

  • 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


  1. informal short for daffodil
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  1. (intr) mainly Scot to frolic; play the fool
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Word Origin

C16: from obsolete daff fool, of uncertain origin
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