daffing

[ daf-ing ]
/ ˈdæf ɪŋ /

noun Scot. and North England.

merriment; playful behavior; foolishness.
Archaic. insanity.

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Origin of daffing

First recorded in 1525–35; daff1 + -ing1

Definition for daffing (2 of 3)

daff1
[ daf ]
/ dæf /

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

to make sport; dally; play.

Origin of daff

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

Definition for daffing (3 of 3)

daff2
[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for daffing (1 of 2)

daff1
/ (dæf) /

noun

informal short for daffodil

British Dictionary definitions for daffing (2 of 2)

daff2
/ (dɑːf) /

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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