The political mutterings of oafish celebrities are best ignored.
It was an appropriate response: violent oafs should be fired from their university jobs for violent, oafish behavior.
Didn't he have enough self-control just to ignore Symes and his oafish insults?
He was blaming himself bitterly now for his oafish clumsiness in blurting out the news so abruptly.
He looked like an oafish clod, even viewed objectively, and Forrester was making no efforts in that direction.
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.