Don't blame my mother or Bob, please, or Jerry either, because I've turned out to be such a duffer.
Diplomatists never do know anything official, do they, duffer dear?
"There he is again," said Clara, who had in the mean time gone over to Mrs. duffer.
But duffer dear, honestly and truly it isn't for myself I'm afraid.
And scurrying along the passage he ran headlong into the duffer, to whom he explained his errand.
What do you think of me, duffer—and after all the proofs we've just had of the dangerous creature I am?
"Sorry I turfed that little ass so hard," said the duffer to John.
Yorke would get hoisted over me, and I should be laughed at for a duffer.
Accordingly, much of our hero's time was spent in the company of the duffer and Fluff.
There is no false modesty in the confidence with which I esteem myself a duffer, at fishing.
"inept person; old man," especially "bad golfer," 1842, perhaps from Scottish duffar "dull or stupid person," from dowf "stupid," literally "deaf," from Old Norse daufr, with pejorative suffix -art. Or perhaps from 18c. thieves' slang duff (v.) "to dress or manipulate an old thing and make it look new."