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  • 1British informal Silly; foolish.

    • ‘don't ask such daft questions’
    • ‘My dear old mother went as daft as a brush in her final years.’
    • ‘They were patient and polite, but they obviously wondered why I was asking such a daft question.’
    • ‘I ask her if she smokes, a daft question given that this is a tobacconist, but you have to start somewhere.’
    • ‘Who thought it was a good idea to ask such a daft question in the first place?’
    • ‘This reduces the arguments to the silly opinions of a couple of daft people with money.’
    • ‘How could such a clever man be so daft that he did not anticipate the most obvious questions?’
    • ‘He had written that he was struggling to deal with his feelings and felt daft even expressing them.’
    • ‘Very little in business is easy, and anyone looking for an easy option would be daft to make exporting their first choice.’
    • ‘The conversation deteriorated until we were calling each other daft names and I moved to storm out of his office with one final remark.’
    • ‘The bed is edged with a lavender hedge on two sides, which I like, but I planted a yellow rose in the bed and it was miles too tall and looked daft.’
    • ‘There's no way of supping a full latte without getting a foamy moustache on your upper lip and it looks as daft on a power person as it does on an old grey man.’
    • ‘A stream of people I half-knew kept coming up to tell me how daft I looked.’
    • ‘Even the most supposedly stylish people looked pretty daft 20 years ago.’
    • ‘Gangsta culture may look glamorous to some but transport it to the Midlands and it looks daft.’
    • ‘I could spend hours just staring into the mirror, pulling daft faces.’
    • ‘The story is totally daft and has plot holes you can drive a bus through.’
    • ‘I felt an urge in recent weeks to e-mail the journalist and tell him what a good job he was doing, but felt a bit daft e-mailing a total stranger.’
    • ‘Forgive me if I sound daft, but I can't see a link between the two subjects.’
    • ‘This latest daft row is yet another example of the slimy politics which disfigure racing, and there's a lot worse to come.’
    • ‘As scatty or daft as I may come across here at times, work is hugely important to me.’
    absurd, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible
    simple-minded, simple, stupid, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, dull-witted, dull, dim-witted, slow-witted, slow, witless, half-witted, feeble-minded, dunce-like, cretinous, empty-headed, vacuous, vapid
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    1. 1.1daft aboutInfatuated with.
      ‘we were all daft about him’
      • ‘I've been daft about cricket since I was young, and I was part of a successful squad until I was forced to pack it in at 26 when I tore my cartilage and ruptured my knee ligaments.’
      • ‘His mother Karen said that she and her husband, Kevin, who are both doctors, were both daft about puzzles and had encouraged Jack and younger sister Mia in their hobby.’
      • ‘Of course they are just daft about their rugby round here.’
      • ‘Much of the population is daft about dogs and there are not many whippets here so people stop us in the street to look at them.’
      • ‘It's time to stop being daft about Christmas.’
      infatuated with, enamoured of, obsessed by, smitten with, besotted by, doting on, very fond of
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/daft/ /dæft/


Old English gedæfte ‘mild, meek’, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic gabadan ‘become or be fitting’.