a plodding, clumsy, incompetent person.
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.
anything inferior, counterfeit, or useless.
a peddler, especially one who sells cheap, flashy goods.
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How to use duffer in a sentence
Matt and Ross duffer, the twin creators and showrunners of the Netflix series, said it was Wolfhard’s “authenticity” that won him the role.
He's a kindly old duffer; always doing things for folks and going out of his way to help a neighbor and things like that.
duffer is most inelegant (this from Julie in an assumption of stern reproach); I do not see wherever you picked up such a word.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
There is no false modesty in the confidence with which I esteem myself a duffer, at fishing.Angling Sketches | Andrew Lang
Anyway, you're behaving like a brick to them both, and Ronnie is a deuced old duffer for giving you up.Katharine Frensham | Beatrice Harraden
Harry: I used to think Santa a pretty jolly old duffer, who made lots of sport for the infants, but I'm ready for a change myself.Christmas Entertainments | Alice Maude Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for duffer
informal a dull or incompetent person
slang something worthless
dialect a peddler or hawker
a mine that proves unproductive
a person who steals cattle
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