daffing

[daf-ing]

Origin of daffing

First recorded in 1525–35; daff1 + -ing1

daff

1
[daf]
verb (used without object) Scot. and North England.
  1. to make sport; dally; play.

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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British Dictionary definitions for daffing

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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