daff

1
[ daf ]
/ dæf /
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verb (used without object) Scot. and North England.

to make sport; dally; play.

Nearby words

  1. daemonian,
  2. daemonic,
  3. daemonistic,
  4. daemonology,
  5. daesh,
  6. daffadilly,
  7. daffadowndilly,
  8. daffing,
  9. daffodil,
  10. daffy

Origin of daff

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

daff

2
[ daf ]
/ dæf /

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to turn or thrust aside.
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

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



British Dictionary definitions for daff

daff

1
/ (dæf) /

noun

informal short for daffodil

verb

(intr) mainly Scot to frolic; play the fool

Word Origin for daff

C16: from obsolete daff fool, of uncertain origin

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