Oaf



[ohf] /oʊf/

noun
1.
a clumsy, stupid person; lout.
2.
a simpleton; dunce; blockhead.
3.
Archaic.

/əʊf/
noun
1.
a stupid or loutish person
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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