[ daf ]
/ dæf /

verb (used without object) Scot. and North England.

to make sport; dally; play.

Origin of daff

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

Definition for daff (2 of 2)

[ daf ]
/ dæf /

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to turn or thrust aside.
Obsolete. to doff.

Origin of daff

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 (1 of 2)

/ (dæf) /


informal short for daffodil

British Dictionary definitions for daff (2 of 2)

/ (dɑːf) /


(intr) mainly Scot to frolic; play the fool

Word Origin for daff

C16: from obsolete daff fool, of uncertain origin
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