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duffer

[duhf-er] /ˈdʌf ər/
noun
1.
Informal.
  1. a plodding, clumsy, incompetent person.
  2. 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.
  1. anything inferior, counterfeit, or useless.
  2. a peddler, especially one who sells cheap, flashy goods.
Origin
Scots dialect
1835-1845
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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Examples for duffer
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for duffer

duffer

/ˈdʌfə/
noun
1.
(informal) a dull or incompetent person
2.
(slang) something worthless
3.
(dialect) a peddler or hawker
4.
(Austral, slang)
  1. a mine that proves unproductive
  2. a person who steals cattle
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for duffer
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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Slang definitions & phrases for duffer

duffer

noun
  1. An elderly man; geezer, jasper •Used rather affectionately: He's a sweet old duffer, isn't he?
  2. A mediocre or downright poor performer, esp at golf; hacker

[1840s+; perhaps fr Scots duffar, ''dolt'']


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