Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fool; an idiot; a blockhead.
  • n. Short form of daffodil.
  • v. To be foolish; make sport; play; toy.
  • v. To daunt.
  • v. To toss aside; put off; doff.
  • v. To turn (someone) aside; divert.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stupid, blockish fellow; a numskull.
  • intransitive v. To act foolishly; to be foolish or sportive; to toy.
  • transitive v. To cast aside; to put off; to doff.
  • transitive v. To daunt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be foolish; make sport; play; toy.
  • To toss aside; put off; doff.
  • To turn (one) aside.
  • n. A fool; an idiot; a block-head.

Etymologies

From Middle English daf, daffe ("fool, idiot"), from Old Norse daufr ("deaf, stupid"), from Proto-Germanic *daubaz (“deaf, stunned”), from Proto-Indo-European *dheubh- (“to whisk, whirl, smoke, be obscure”). Cognate with Swedish döf ("deaf"), Danish døv ("deaf, stupid"). More at deaf. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English daffen ("to render foolish"), from daf, daffe ("fool, idiot"). See above. (Wiktionary)
Variant of doff. (Wiktionary)
From daffodil. (Wiktionary)

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