- Slang. a foolish or inept person.
Origin of doofus
1960–65, Americanism; probably alteration of earlier goofus in same sense
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- informal, mainly US a slow-witted or stupid person
Word Origin for doofus
C20: from Black slang
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student slang, "dolt, idiot, nerd," by 1960s. "Dictionary of American Slang" says "probably related to doo-doo and goofus."
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