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oaf

[ ohf ]
/ oʊf /
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noun

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

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Origin of oaf

1615–25; variant of auf,Middle English alfe,Old English ælfelf; cognate with German Alp nightmare
1. See boorish.
oafish, adjectiveoaf·ish·ly, adverboaf·ish·ness, noun
oaf , oath
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British Dictionary definitions for oaf

oaf
/ (əʊf) /

noun

a stupid or loutish person
oafish, adjectiveoafishly, adverboafishness, noun
C17: variant of Old English ælf elf
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