- a deformed or mentally deficient child.
- a changeling.
Origin of oaf
Examples from the Web for oaf
I ant seed him; but he sade ad shute Tom soon is look at 'im, an' denide it, wi' mouthful o' curses and oaf.Uncle Silas|J. S. LeFanu
Mu ra ka lag ismayling burnay, Why are you grinning there like an oaf (with a smile that looks like a clam)?A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
And the oaf stood before him undisturbedly opening up the subject himself.T. Tembarom|Frances Hodgson Burnett
"Because I'm too big an oaf—to make you understand," he said.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories|Ethel May Dell
For a double second he had the oaf alone on his hands and that was sufficient.Mercenary|Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for oaf
Word Origin for oaf
Word Origin and History for oaf
1620s, auf, oph (modern form from 1630s), "a changeling; a foolish child left by the fairies" [Johnson], from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian alfr "silly person," in Old Norse, "elf" (see elf). Hence, "a misbegotten, deformed idiot." Until recently, some dictionaries still gave the plural as oaves.