Definitions

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  • 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

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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.

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From Middle English daffen ("to render foolish"), from daf, daffe ("fool, idiot"). See above.

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Variant of doff.

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From daffodil.

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