naff

[ naf ]
/ næf /
Chiefly British Slang.

adjective

unstylish; lacking taste; inferior.

verb (used without object)

to goof off; fool around (often followed by around or about).

Verb Phrases

naff off, go away: used as an exclamation of impatience.

Nearby words

  1. nae,
  2. naegeli syndrome,
  3. naething,
  4. naeve,
  5. naevus,
  6. naff off,
  7. naffziger operation,
  8. naffziger syndrome,
  9. nafilah,
  10. nafl

Related formsnaff·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for naff

naff

/ (næf) /

adjective

British slang inferior; in poor taste
Derived Formsnaffness, noun

Word Origin for naff

C19: perhaps back slang for fan, short for fanny

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Word Origin and History for naff

naff

v.

British slang word with varied uses, not all certainly connected; see Partridge, who lists three noun uses: 1. "female pudenda" (c.1845), which might be back-slang from fan, shortening of fanny (in the British sense); 2. "nothing," in prostitutes' slang from c.1940; 3. a euphemism for fuck (v.) in oaths, imprecations, expletives (e.g. naff off), 1959, "making it slightly less obvious than eff" [Partridge]; and an adjective naff "vulgar, common, despicable," said to have been used in 1960s British gay slang for "unlovely" and thence adopted into the slangs of the theater and the armed forces.

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