Chiefly British Slang.
[ naf ]
/ næf /
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unstylish; lacking taste; inferior.
verb (used without object)
to goof off; fool around (often followed by around or about).
naff off, go away: used as an exclamation of impatience.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
OTHER WORDS FROM naffnaffness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for naff
/ (næf) /
British slang inferior; in poor taste
Derived forms of naffnaffness, noun
Word Origin for naff
C19: perhaps back slang for fan, short for fanny
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