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.

Nearby words

  1. o/a,
  2. o/c,
  3. o/s,
  4. o2o,
  5. oa,
  6. oafish,
  7. oahu,
  8. oak,
  9. oak apple,
  10. oak creek

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

Synonym study

1. See boorish.

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British Dictionary definitions for oafish

oaf

/ (əʊf) /

noun

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 oafish
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