daft

[ daft, dahft ]
/ dæft, dɑft /
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adjective, daft·er, daft·est.

senseless, stupid, or foolish.
insane; crazy.
Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.

Nearby words

  1. daffadilly,
  2. daffadowndilly,
  3. daffing,
  4. daffodil,
  5. daffy,
  6. dafydd ap gruffudd,
  7. dafydd ap gwilym,
  8. dag,
  9. dagan,
  10. dagda

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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British Dictionary definitions for dafter

daft

/ (dɑːft) /

adjective mainly British

informal foolish, simple, or stupid
a slang word for insane
informal (postpositive foll by about) extremely fond (of)
slang frivolous; giddy
Derived Formsdaftly, adverbdaftness, noun

Word Origin for daft

Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable

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Word Origin and History for dafter

daft

adj.

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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