duffer

[duhf-er]
noun
1.
Informal.
a.
a plodding, clumsy, incompetent person.
b.
a person inept or inexperienced at a specific sport, as golf.
2.
Northern and North Midland U.S. an old man, especially a dull or indecisive one.
3.
Slang.
a.
anything inferior, counterfeit, or useless.
b.
a peddler, especially one who sells cheap, flashy goods.

Origin:
1835–45; perhaps Scots dialect duffar, dowfart dull, stupid person, derivative of dowf; def. 3 perhaps re-formation with duff3 + -er1

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duffer (ˈdʌfə)
 
n
1.  informal a dull or incompetent person
2.  slang something worthless
3.  dialect a peddler or hawker
4.  slang (Austral)
 a.  a mine that proves unproductive
 b.  a person who steals cattle
 
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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duffer
"old man," also "bad golfer," 1842, probably from Scot. duffar "dull or stupid person." But perhaps rather from 18c. thieves' slang duff (v.) "to dress or manipulate an old thing and make it look new."
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Example sentences
The turf may have been transported there by a duffer on an adventure travel holiday.
Miller enjoys his retirement, his family, travel and also considered himself to be a duffer golfer.
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