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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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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