David despised him for an oaf who could neither read nor write, and hated him for a bully.
With Bill Forrester dead, then, had she turned to the oaf for comfort?
The oaf's face was averted and they were screened from his gaze.
Viewed objectively, there was nothing wrong with what the oaf was doing.
The oaf shambled along, his arm no longer around Gerda's waist.
What was she sent down here for but to catch you, you oaf, you fool, you!
For a double second he had the oaf alone on his hands and that was sufficient.
The note in Bell's Chaucer, connecting it with oaf, is wrong.
At Fontan—when he had vouched for us—we dismissed our oaf, with a light heart and a heavy pocket.
There was little to be done in diplomacy with an oaf like that.
1620s, auf, oph (modern form from 1630s), "a changeling; a foolish child left by the fairies" [Johnson], from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian alfr "silly person," in Old Norse, "elf" (see elf). Hence, "a misbegotten, deformed idiot." Until recently, some dictionaries still gave the plural as oaves.