- senseless, stupid, or foolish.
- insane; crazy.
- Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.
Origin of daft
Related Wordsmadness, silliness, craziness, absurdity, indiscretion, foolishness, recklessness, idiocy, stupidity, lunacy, inanity, fatuity, vice, triviality, imprudence, imbecility, impracticality, irrationality, senselessness, rashness
- informal foolish, simple, or stupid
- a slang word for insane
- informal (postpositive foll by about) extremely fond (of)
- slang frivolous; giddy
Word Origin and History for daftness
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."