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[daft, dahft]
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adjective, daft·er, daft·est.
  1. senseless, stupid, or foolish.
  2. insane; crazy.
  3. Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.
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Origin of daft

before 1000; Middle English dafte uncouth, awkward; earlier, gentle, meek, Old English dæfte; cf. deft
Related formsdaft·ly, adverbdaft·ness, noun
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  • The daft loon wud hae bed me promise to merry him—that's a'!'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • "Ey, she's none so daft, is yon lass," observed the blacksmith.

  • "I'm none so daft as daftly dealt with, mother," interrupted the blacksmith.

  • But there—I must be daft to be thinkin' o' moths at such a time.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • What is he thinking of to stand there gazing at her downcast face as if he were daft?

    Potts's Painless Cure

    Edward Bellamy

British Dictionary definitions for daft


adjective mainly British
  1. informal foolish, simple, or stupid
  2. a slang word for insane
  3. informal (postpositive foll by about) extremely fond (of)
  4. slang frivolous; giddy
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Derived Formsdaftly, adverbdaftness, noun

Word Origin

Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable
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Word Origin and History for daft


Old English gedæfte "gentle, becoming," from Proto-Germanic *gadaftjaz (cf. Old English daeftan "to put in order, arrange," gedafen "suitable;" Gothic gadaban "to be fit"), from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense progression from "mild" (c.1200) to "dull" (c.1300) to "foolish" (mid-15c.) to "crazy" (1530s) probably was influenced by analogy with daffe "halfwit."

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