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oafn. [See Auf.].
  •  Originally, an elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins; hence, a deformed or foolish child; a simpleton; an idiot.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A clumsy or awkward person.  [PJC]


oaf, n. (pl. oafs)
1 an awkward lout.
2 a stupid person.

oafish adj. oafishly adv. oafishness n.
orig. = elf's child, var. of obs. auf f. ON {aacute}lfr elf



babe, baboon, beast, blockhead, blunderbuss, blunderer, blunderhead, boob, booby, boor, botcher, bruiser, brute, bull, bumbler, bumpkin, bungler, child, child of nature, chump, clod, clodhopper, clodknocker, clot, clown, dolt, dolthead, dove, dub, dupe, fathead, fumbler, galoot, gaum, gawk, gawky, gorilla, gowk, hayseed, hick, hulk, infant, ingenue, innocent, klutz, lamb, lobster, looby, lout, lubber, lug, lummox, lump, meathead, mere child, missing link, noble savage, ox, palooka, rube, simple soul, slob, slouch, slubberer, unsophisticate, yokel




N fool, idiot, tomfool, wiseacre, simpleton, witling, dizzard, donkey, ass, ninny, ninnyhammer, chowderhead, chucklehead, dolt, booby, Tom Noddy, looby, hoddy-doddy, noddy, nonny, noodle, nizy, owl, goose, goosecap, imbecile, gaby, radoteur, nincompoop, badaud, zany, trifler, babbler, pretty fellow, natural, niais, child, baby, infant, innocent, milksop, sop, oaf, lout, loon, lown, dullard, doodle, calf, colt, buzzard, block, put, stick, stock, numps, tony, bull head, dunderhead, addlehead, blockhead, dullhead, loggerhead, jolthead, jolterhead, beetlehead, beetlebrain, grosshead, muttonhead, noodlehead, giddyhead, numbskull, thickskull, lackbrain, shallowbrain, dimwit, halfwit, lackwit, dunderpate, lunkhead sawney, gowk, clod, clod-hopper, clod-poll, clot-poll, clot-pate, bull calf, gawk, Gothamite, lummox, rube, men of Boeotia, wise men of Gotham, un sot a triple etage, sot, jobbernowl, changeling, mooncalf, gobemouche, dotard, driveler, old fogey, old woman, crock, crone, grandmother, cotquean, henhussy, incompetent (insanity), greenhorn, dunce, lubber, madman, one who will not set the Thames on fire, one who did not invent gunpowder, qui n'a pas invente' la poudre, no conjuror, fortuna favet fatuis, les fous font les festinas et les sages les mangen, nomina stultorum parietibus harrent, stultorum plena sunt omnia.

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