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daft

[daft, dahft] /dæft, dɑft/
adjective, dafter, daftest.
1.
senseless, stupid, or foolish.
2.
insane; crazy.
3.
Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English dafte uncouth, awkward; earlier, gentle, meek, Old English dæfte; cf. deft
Related forms
daftly, adverb
daftness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for daftness

daft

/dɑːft/
adjective (mainly Brit)
1.
(informal) foolish, simple, or stupid
2.
a slang word for insane
3.
(informal) (postpositive) foll by about. extremely fond (of)
4.
(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 daftness

daft

adj.

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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