from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An incompetent or dull-witted person.
  • n. Informal A casual or mediocre player of a sport, especially golf.
  • n. Slang A peddler of cheap merchandise.
  • n. Slang Something worthless or useless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of duff: more duff
  • n. An incompetent or clumsy person.
  • n. A player having little skill, especially a golfer who duffs.
  • n. A pedlar or hawker, especially one selling cheap or substandard goods.
  • n. Cheap or substandard goods sold by a duffer.
  • n. A cow that does not produce milk.
  • n. A cattle thief; one who alters the brands of cattle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peddler or hawker, especially of cheap, flashy articles, as sham jewelry; hence, a sham or cheat.
  • n. A stupid, awkward, inefficient person.
  • n. See shicer.
  • n. Any common domestic pigeon.
  • n. One who duffs cattle, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peddler; specifically, one who sells women's clothes.
  • n. A hawker of eheap, flashy, and professedly smuggled articles; a hawker of sham jewelry.
  • n. A stupid, dull, plodding person; a fogy; a person who only seemingly discharges the functions of his position; a dawdling, useless character: as, the board consists entirely of old duffers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an incompetent or clumsy person


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Dated, perhaps, but not out of use.

    March 22, 2013

  • For ruzuzu's cattle list:
    n. A cow that does not produce milk.
    n. Australia, dated; A cattle thief; one who alters the brands of cattle.

    March 22, 2013

  • Funny – that's how I describe my golf game

    June 28, 2009