[ duhf-er ]
/ ˈdʌf ər /


  1. a plodding, clumsy, incompetent person.
  2. a person inept or inexperienced at a specific sport, as golf.
Northern and North Midland U.S. an old man, especially a dull or indecisive one.
  1. anything inferior, counterfeit, or useless.
  2. a peddler, especially one who sells cheap, flashy goods.

Origin of duffer

1835–45; perhaps Scots dialect duffar, dowfart “dull, stupid person,” derivative of dowf; def 3 perhaps re-formation with duff3 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for duffer


/ (ˈdʌfə) /


informal a dull or incompetent person
slang something worthless
dialect a peddler or hawker
Australian slang
  1. a mine that proves unproductive
  2. a person who steals cattle

Word Origin for duffer

C19: of uncertain origin
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