oaf

[ohf]
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Origin of oaf

1615–25; variant of auf, Middle English alfe, Old English ælf elf; cognate with German Alp nightmare
Related formsoaf·ish, adjectiveoaf·ish·ly, adverboaf·ish·ness, noun
Can be confusedoaf oath

Synonyms for oaf

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1. churl, boor. 2. dolt, ninny.

Synonym study

1. See boorish.
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Historical Examples of oaf

  • With Bill Forrester dead, then, had she turned to the oaf for comfort?

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The oaf shambled along, his arm no longer around Gerda's waist.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Viewed objectively, there was nothing wrong with what the oaf was doing.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He and Joe were well matched and with the oaf as an ally really he had all the best of it.

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • 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

oaf

noun
  1. a stupid or loutish person
Derived Formsoafish, adjectiveoafishly, adverboafishness, noun

Word Origin for oaf

C17: variant of Old English ælf elf
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Word Origin and History for oaf
n.

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.

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