from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An incompetent or dull-witted person.
- noun A casual or mediocre player of a sport, especially golf.
- noun Slang A peddler of cheap merchandise.
- noun Slang Something worthless or useless.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun A peddler; specifically, one who sells women's clothes.
- noun A hawker of eheap, flashy, and professedly smuggled articles; a hawker of sham jewelry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Slang, Eng. A peddler or hawker, especially of cheap, flashy articles, as sham jewelry; hence, a sham or cheat.
- noun Slang A stupid, awkward, inefficient person.
- noun (Mining) See
- noun (Zoöl.) Any common domestic pigeon.
- noun Australia One who duffs cattle, etc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
comparativeform of duff: more duff
- noun informal An
- noun sports A
playerhaving little skill, especially a golferwho duffs.
- noun archaic A
pedlaror hawker, especially one selling cheapor substandardgoods.
- noun archaic Cheap or substandard goods sold by a duffer.
- noun A cow that does not produce milk.
- noun Australia, dated A
cattle thief; one who altersthe brandsof cattle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an incompetent or clumsy person
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Those who were of the type who would jump in and shovel a neighbor's car out of a snowbank based on decent concepts of neighborliness, and the sure knowledge that some old duffer is going to have a heart attack if they don't, are similar to those who felt the rest of us needed their help (Pat Tillman comes to mind).
A loaf of bread, about three and a half inches wide and deep by seven inches long, was known as a "duffer," and a cracker as "hardtack."
Later she took the impenitent young 'duffer' a tea cunningly designed to appeal to his rebellious heart, and spread it neatly on the big dimity-covered box in his bedroom; but Dick was implacable.
He was the rarest "duffer" it has ever been my good fortune to meet.
At length, perhaps, all are rewarded by the welcome sight of a tiny trickle in one corner, or perhaps the hole turns out a "duffer," and the weary, weary work must be commenced again in a fresh spot.
No luck attended our search in the Mount Margaret district, and we shared the opinion of everybody there that it was a "duffer," and after events had proved what that opinion was worth.
Yes, it's our fault in a certain measure that Billy is the awful "duffer" he is.
But I am not sure if a good deal of his bad luck is not due to the merciless way in which he was laughed at, and called "duffer," and taught to believe that he could no more do
It was all about branding a female calf; "duffing it" was the vulgar term, and to call a settler "duffer" was more offensive than if you called him a murderer.
Doris I finally added a photo so you can see what this old "duffer" looks like.