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[daft, dahft]
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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Historical Examples

  • "There'll be dafter folk as me in your hoose yet," spluttered Gilmour angrily, as he turned away.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown

  • Differjuist this differ, that ye'll walk oot wi' some dafter lass than Sal Mackay.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for dafter


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 dafter



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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