Meaning of oaf in English:

oaf

Pronunciation /əʊf/

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noun

  • A man who is rough or clumsy and unintelligent.

    ‘they are just big, clumsy oafs’
    • ‘That is, I am insensitive, brutal, clumsy and a big oaf.’
    • ‘Our branch contains a fair number of clumsy oafs and we own a hard boat with plenty of deck space for stumbling about.’
    • ‘Seriously, if a man is a clumsy oaf before you met him, he'll always have that streak of clumsiness.’
    • ‘Such a clumsy oaf should never be allowed to dance, much less with such energy.’
    • ‘The second time, he had tripped over something, and Mary had called him ‘a clumsy oaf.’’
    • ‘Wasn't there some scrawny woman called Emma, and a big oaf who was in love with her?’
    • ‘This idiot and his team of oafs had the audacity to patronize and laugh at Eugene last night.’
    • ‘And he has been nothing but a gentleman compared to the big oaf whose been trying to bully him.’
    • ‘To some, the director-general is an oaf dressed in jester's clothing, a big-mouthed fool with a propensity to put his foot in it.’
    • ‘He sighed as well, thinking of the treat he would get if he ever got to apologize to the big oaf.’
    • ‘Rather than let those stereotypes build walls, I wanted to show people that bodybuilders are so much more than just big musclebound oafs to be afraid of.’
    • ‘‘Yes, and we will make a raft of you big oafs, you and my brother Bolo,’ laughed Nalu.’
    • ‘They are big oafs with naught but lust for young maidens like you.’
    • ‘It'd be better than being here with a big oaf who cares nothing about nobody!’
    • ‘I didn't want to get married to a big oaf, so I ran away.’
    • ‘Those drunken oafs do not deserve the exaggerated respect they receive.’
    • ‘Much as I would rather sit and stare into space than talk to such oafs, that would have been both rude and a missed opportunity - they were, after all, supposed to be the bee's knees.’
    • ‘Nowadays it is the footballers who behave like oafs off the field, while rugby players act like hooligans on it.’
    • ‘But clearly the lumbering oaf thinks they're all trying it on.’
    • ‘The oaf in question was met with a barrage of abuse - as we pointed out that we had a baby on board who was scared witless and screaming.’
    lout, boor, barbarian, Neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel
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Origin

Early 17th century variant of obsolete auf, from Old Norse álfr ‘elf’. The original meaning was ‘elf's child, changeling’, later ‘idiot child’ and ‘halfwit’, generalized in the current sense.