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[daft, dahft] /dæft, dɑft/
adjective, dafter, daftest.
senseless, stupid, or foolish.
insane; crazy.
Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.
Origin of daft
before 1000; Middle English dafte uncouth, awkward; earlier, gentle, meek, Old English dæfte; cf. deft
Related forms
daftly, adverb
daftness, noun Unabridged
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  • That was a daft like thing, to charge me with a message and never to tell me what it was.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • What is he thinking of to stand there gazing at her downcast face as if he were daft?

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
  • It's no fault of hers that he's daft about Evvy, who's simply bent on giving him a lesson he richly deserves.

  • An' ye claver sic' nonsense when ye're daft, what would ye say when ye're sane?

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Do you remember how daft Larry used to wag his head and say that whenever he saw you?

    A Bride from the Bush E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for daft


adjective (mainly Brit)
(informal) foolish, simple, or stupid
a slang word for insane
(informal) (postpositive) foll by about. extremely fond (of)
(slang) frivolous; giddy
Derived Forms
daftly, adverb
daftness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable
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Word Origin and History for daft

Old English gedæfte "gentle, becoming," from Proto-Germanic *gadaftjaz (cf. Old English daeftan "to put in order, arrange," gedafen "suitable;" Gothic gadaban "to be fit"), from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense progression from "mild" (c.1200) to "dull" (c.1300) to "foolish" (mid-15c.) to "crazy" (1530s) probably was influenced by analogy with daffe "halfwit."

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