- a plodding, clumsy, incompetent person.
- a person inept or inexperienced at a specific sport, as golf.
- anything inferior, counterfeit, or useless.
- a peddler, especially one who sells cheap, flashy goods.
Examples from the Web for duffer
He sat down amid silence which was presently broken by the shrill voice of Duffer.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York|Lemuel Ely Quigg
I really didn't think I had done so well, for I'm a duffer at figures.The Squire's Daughter|Silas K(itto) Hocking
The duffer that was with me swore he would not go along with me down the hill, if the Yankees were only a mile off.The Boy Spy|Joseph Kerby
You're just as much of a duffer as ever, to think such a thing,' he added.That Scholarship Boy|Emma Leslie
A duffer who couldn't even win a golf game that belonged to him, because he was rattled!Stories That End Well|Octave Thanet
British Dictionary definitions for duffer
- a mine that proves unproductive
- a person who steals cattle
Word Origin for duffer
Word Origin and History for duffer
"inept person; old man," especially "bad golfer," 1842, perhaps from Scottish duffar "dull or stupid person," from dowf "stupid," literally "deaf," from Old Norse daufr, with pejorative suffix -art. Or perhaps from 18c. thieves' slang duff (v.) "to dress or manipulate an old thing and make it look new."