[ ohf ]
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  1. a clumsy, stupid person; lout.

  2. a simpleton; dunce; blockhead.

  1. Archaic.

    • a deformed or mentally deficient child.

    • a changeling.

Origin of oaf

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

synonym study For oaf

1. See boorish.

Other words for oaf

Other words from oaf

  • oafish, adjective
  • oaf·ish·ly, adverb
  • oaf·ish·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with oaf

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How to use oaf in a sentence

  • Then the oaf rose and looked down upon his work, with a childish pleasure.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • The oaf began muttering in a low, indistinct murmur, like one soothing a child.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

British Dictionary definitions for oaf


/ (əʊf) /

  1. a stupid or loutish person

Origin of oaf

C17: variant of Old English ælf elf

Derived forms of oaf

  • oafish, adjective
  • oafishly, adverb
  • oafishness, noun

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