[ ohf ]
/ oʊf /


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

Nearby words

Origin of oaf

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

oaf oath

Synonym study

1. See boorish.
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British Dictionary definitions for oafish


/ (əʊf) /


a stupid or loutish person

Derived Forms

oafish, adjectiveoafishly, adverboafishness, noun

Word Origin for oaf

C17: variant of Old English ælf elf
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