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[duhf-er] /ˈdʌf ər/


Northern and North Midland U.S. an old man, especially a dull or indecisive one.

(informal) a dull or incompetent person
(slang) something worthless
(dialect) a peddler or hawker
(Austral, slang)


“inept person; old man,” especially “bad golfer,” 1842, perhaps from Scottish duffar “dull or stupid person,” from dowf “stupid,” literally “deaf,” from Old Norse daufr, with pejorative suffix -art. Or perhaps from 18c. thieves’ slang duff (v.) “to dress or manipulate an old thing and make it look new.”


[1840s+; perhaps fr Scots duffar, ”dolt”]


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