oaf

[ ohf ]
/ oʊf /

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 ælf elf; cognate with German Alp nightmare

synonym study for oaf

1. See boorish.

OTHER WORDS FROM oaf

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oaf

oaf oath

Words nearby oaf

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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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