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naff

[naf] /næf/
adjective
1.
unstylish; lacking taste; inferior.
verb (used without object)
2.
to goof off; fool around (often followed by around or about).
Verb phrases
3.
naff off, go away: used as an exclamation of impatience.
Related forms
naffness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for naffest

naff

/næf/
adjective
1.
(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 naffest

naff

v.

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 naffest

naff

adjective

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


naff

interjection

Get away

verb phrase

(also about)To goof off, fool around

[1959+; British euphemism for fuck off]


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