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[naf] /næf/ Chiefly British Slang.
unstylish; lacking taste; inferior.
verb (used without object)
to goof off; fool around (often followed by around or about).
Verb phrases
naff off, go away: used as an exclamation of impatience.
Related forms
naffness, noun Unabridged
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  • The jokes he makes in his high-camp nasal voice are too naff for reproduction in an upmarket newspaper.
  • He is so old-, so former-fashioned that he likes naff songs which actually predate him.
British Dictionary definitions for naff


(Brit, slang) inferior; in poor taste
Derived Forms
naffness, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps back slang for fan, short for fanny
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Word Origin and History for naff

British slang word with varied uses, not all certainly connected; see Partridge, who lists three noun uses: 1. "female pudenda" (c.1845), which might be back-slang from fan, shortening of fanny (in the British sense); 2. "nothing," in prostitutes' slang from c.1940; 3. a euphemism for fuck (v.) in oaths, imprecations, expletives (e.g. naff off), 1959, "making it slightly less obvious than eff" [Partridge]; and an adjective naff "vulgar, common, despicable," said to have been used in 1960s British gay slang for "unlovely" and thence adopted into the slangs of the theater and the armed forces.

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Slang definitions & phrases for naff



Not very good; lacking taste or style (1966+)



Get away

verb phrase

(also about)To goof off, fool around

[1959+; British euphemism for fuck off]

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