dafter

daft

[daft, dahft]
adjective, dafter, daftest.
1.
senseless, stupid, or foolish.
2.
insane; crazy.
3.
Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English dafte uncouth, awkward; earlier, gentle, meek, Old English dæfte; cf. deft

daftly, adverb
daftness, noun
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daft (dɑːft)
 
adj (foll by about)
1.  informal foolish, simple, or stupid
2.  a slang word for insane
3.  informal extremely fond (of)
4.  slang frivolous; giddy
 
[Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable]
 
'daftly
 
adv
 
'daftness
 
n

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daft
O.E. gedæfte "gentle, becoming," from P.Gmc. *gadaftjaz. Sense progression from "mildness" to "dullness" (14c.) to "foolish" (15c.) to "crazy" (1530s), probably influenced by analogy with daffe "halfwit."
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