Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like an oaf; stupid; dull; doltish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like an oaf; simple or clumsy.

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  • adjective characteristic of, or resembling an oaf; stupid

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

  • adjective ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance

Etymologies

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oaf + -ish

Examples

  • I fear that Dubya will get his testosterone stirred up again and make some kind of oafish, I'm a tough-ass from Crawford remark, like his moronic "Bring it On" dalliance with idiocy.

    Is Bush China Competent?

  • I fear that Dubya will get his testosterone stirred up again and make some kind of oafish, I'm a tough-ass from Crawford remark, like his moronic "Bring it On" dalliance with idiocy.

    Is Bush China Competent?

  • I fear that Dubya will get his testosterone stirred up again and make some kind of oafish, I'm a tough-ass from Crawford remark, like his moronic "Bring it On" dalliance with idiocy.

    Printing: Is Bush China Competent?

  • Which is why Obama's paean to Lawrence Summers on Stewart show rang so clangorously, as he praised the oafish Harvard professor for having performed a heckuva job, a phrase that one might have thought would have been permanently exiled from the presidential lexicon.

    Jacob Heilbrunn: Obama's Tactical Press Conference

  • But with the acclaimed actor hiding himself so well in each character — and with other roles so different from the Chance family's lovably oafish patriarch — he's actually pretty hard to pin down.

    Garret Dillahunt: The Man From Hope

  • We additionally encounter Launce, a singular of Shakspere's commencement oafish ridiculous characters.

    Philadelphia Reflections: Shakspere Society of Philadelphia

  • We additionally encounter Launce, a singular of Shakspere's commencement oafish ridiculous characters.

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  • Which is why Obama's paean to Lawrence Summers on Stewart show rang so clangorously, as he praised the oafish Harvard professor for having performed a heckuva job, a phrase that one might have thought would have been permanently exiled from the presidential lexicon.

    Jacob Heilbrunn: Obama's Tactical Press Conference

  • I saw that from here on, he would become rather an oafish prop, so to speak, in the last act of something like that, without any great stature.

    Boris Karloff

  • I've seen it a hundred times: an oafish fan shamed out of F-bombs by kids sitting with their parents.

    You Brought a Child to an NFL Game?!

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