doofus

or du·fus

[ doo-fuh s ]
/ ˈdu fəs /
|

noun, plural doo·fus·es.

Slang. a foolish or inept person.

Nearby words

  1. doodle,
  2. doodle-bug,
  3. doodlebug,
  4. doodlesack,
  5. doodly-squat,
  6. doohan,
  7. doohickey,
  8. dook,
  9. dooket,
  10. doolally

Compare goofus.

Origin of doofus

1960–65, Americanism; probably alteration of earlier goofus in same sense

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British Dictionary definitions for doofus

doofus

/ (ˈduːfəs) /

noun

informal, mainly US a slow-witted or stupid person

Word Origin for doofus

C20: from Black slang

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Word Origin and History for doofus

doofus

n.

student slang, "dolt, idiot, nerd," by 1960s. "Dictionary of American Slang" says "probably related to doo-doo and goofus."

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