[ daft, dahft ]
/ dæft, dɑft /
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adjective, daft·er, daft·est.
senseless, stupid, or foolish.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM daftdaftly, adverbdaftness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of daftdaftly, adverbdaftness, noun
Word Origin for daft
Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable
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