adjective, daft·er, daft·est.
Origin of daft
Examples from the Web for daftly
"I'm none so daft as daftly dealt with, mother," interrupted the blacksmith.The Shadow of a Crime|Hall Caine
He daftly pulled half-a-dozen tickets from his stock and permitted me to inspect them.
British Dictionary definitions for daftly
adjective mainly British
Word Origin for daft
Word Origin and History for daftly
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."