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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of daff.


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  • Left thus for long spaces in the company of Betty and the child, that daffed and croodled about her, and even became warmly friendly with me for the sake of my Paris watch and my glittering waistcoat buttons, I made many gallant attempts to get on my old easy footing.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • I would she had bestowed this dotage on me; I would have daffed all other respects and made her half myself.

    Act II. Scene III. Much Ado about Nothing

  • Vast affairs might not be daffed aside for the laird of Glenfernie's convenience!


  • Banquo he kills is not the innocent soldier who met the Witches and daffed their prophecies aside, nor the man who prayed to be delivered from the temptation of his dreams.

    Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

  • But if the gods are beyond our ken, and if the world to come is misty, we still have this world with us; a world not always to be daffed aside with love and wine and comradeship, since behind its frolic wantonness lie the ennobling claims of duty and of conscience.


  • Even the heroic personages are fitly shown in an unheroic aspect: we see them but in their unbendings, when they have daffed their martial robes aside, to lead the train of day-dreamers, and have a nuptial jubilee.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • I would she had bestowed this dotage on me: I would have daffed all other respects and made her half myself.

    Much Ado About Nothing

  • And as it struck him that they daffed the world aside and lived more lightheartedly than any others that he knew, as indeed they did, he enquired of not a few folk as to their rank.

    The Decameron, Volume II

  • Has not Mr. Imholtz rather easily daffed off the known English senses or past uses of quark?

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

  • When last I saw the lady she hoisted a fine colour when I daffed about you, and now she glowers at you in a no 'just friendly way. "

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45


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