dufus

[doo-fuh s]

noun, plural du·fus·es.


doofus

or du·fus

[doo-fuh s]

noun, plural doo·fus·es.

Slang. a foolish or inept person.
Compare goofus.

Origin of doofus

1960–65, Americanism; probably alteration of earlier goofus in same sense
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British Dictionary definitions for dufuses

doofus

noun

informal, mainly US a slow-witted or stupid person

Word Origin for doofus

C20: from Black slang
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Word Origin and History for dufuses

doofus

n.

student slang, "dolt, idiot, nerd," by 1960s. "Dictionary of American Slang" says "probably related to doo-doo and goofus."

dufus

n.

see doofus.

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