oaf

[ ohf ]
/ oʊf /

noun

a clumsy, stupid person; lout.
a simpleton; dunce; blockhead.
Archaic.
  1. a deformed or mentally deficient child.
  2. a changeling.

Words nearby oaf

Origin of oaf

1615–25; variant of auf, Middle English alfe, Old English ælf elf; cognate with German Alp nightmare

OTHER WORDS FROM oaf

oaf·ish, adjectiveoaf·ish·ly, adverboaf·ish·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oaf

oaf oath

synonym study for oaf

1. See boorish.
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British Dictionary definitions for oaf

oaf
/ (əʊf) /

noun

a stupid or loutish person

Derived forms of oaf

oafish, adjectiveoafishly, adverboafishness, noun

Word Origin for oaf

C17: variant of Old English ælf elf
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