- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for duffer
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
- a mine that proves unproductive
- a person who steals cattle