daft


daft
daft (adj.) O.E. gedæfte "gentle, becoming," from P.Gmc. *gadaftjaz (Cf. O.E. daeftan "to put in order, arrange," gedafen "suitable;" Goth. gadaban "to be fit"), from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense progression from "mild" (c.1200) to "dull" (c.1300) to "foolish" (mid-15c.) to "crazy" (1530s) probably was influenced by analogy with daffe "halfwit."

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  • daft — [ dæft ] adjective MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL 1. ) silly and not sensible or reasonable: I think it s a daft idea. don t be daft: Don t be daft of course I won t forget you. be daft enough to do something: Who would be daft enough to pay so much for …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • daft´ly — daft «daft, dahft», adjective. 1. without sense or reason; silly; foolish; stupid: »Go out in this rain? You must be daft. 2. crazy; insane; mad: »to go daft …   Useful english dictionary

  • daft — [da:ft US dæft] adj especially BrE [: Old English; Origin: gedAfte gentle ] 1.) silly ▪ a daft idea ▪ Me, jealous? Don t be daft (=that is a silly idea) . ▪ She s as daft as a brush (=extremely silly) . 2.) be daft about sth to be extremely… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Daft — (d[.a]ft), a. [OE. daft, deft, deft, stupid; prob. the same word as E. deft. See {Deft}.] 1. Stupid; foolish; idiotic; also, delirious; insane; as, he has gone daft. [1913 Webster] Let us think no more of this daft business Sir W. Scott. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • daft — /daft / (say dahft) adjective 1. Colloquial lacking in commonsense; idiotic: not as daft as I look! 2. Colloquial stupid; foolish: a daft idea. 3. Chiefly British lacking mental acuity; mentally deficient. {Middle English daffte, Old English… …   Australian English dictionary

  • daft — [daft] adj. [ME dafte < OE (ge)dæfte, mild, gentle (for the sense development, see CRETIN, SILLY) < IE base * dhabh , to fit > L faber, a joiner, artisan] 1. silly; foolish 2. insane; crazy 3. Scot. merry or frolicsome in a giddy way… …   English World dictionary

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