duffer

duffer "inept person; old man," especially "bad golfer," 1842, perhaps from Scot. duffar "dull or stupid person," from dowf "stupid," lit. "deaf," from O.N. daufr, with pejorative suffix -art. Or perhaps from 18c. thieves' slang duff (v.) "to dress or manipulate an old thing and make it look new."

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  • Duffer — may refer to: Duffer (Narnia), invisible dwarves in the Chronicles of Narnia Duffer , in Australian English, a person occupied in cattle raiding Glossary of chess#D#Duffer, a weak player in the game of chess In biology: Duffers group, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Duffer — Duf fer, n. 1. A peddler or hawker, especially of cheap, flashy articles, as sham jewelry; hence, a sham or cheat. [Slang, Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 2. A stupid, awkward, inefficient person.[Slang] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duffer — Duf fer, n. 1. (Mining) See {Shicer}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any common domestic pigeon. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duffer — Duf fer, n. One who duffs cattle, etc. [Australia] Unluckily, cattle stealers are by no means so rare as would be desirable; they are locally known as duffers. Baden Powell. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • duffer — ► NOUN informal ▪ an incompetent or stupid person. ORIGIN from Scots dowfart «stupid person» …   English terms dictionary

  • duffer — [duf′ər] n. [< thieves slang duff, to counterfeit, fake] 1. [Old Slang] a peddler, as of cheap trinkets 2. [Old Slang] anything counterfeit or worthless 3. Informal a person, now often elderly, who is incompetent, ineffectual, or dawdling 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Duffer — 1. stupid or incompetent person; one who is socially and practically inept: He s a bit of a duffer, but harmless at that ; 2. used as a mild remonstrance to someone who has done something silly, been clumsy, etc.: You ve left you hat on the train …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • duffer — Australian Slang 1. stupid or incompetent person; one who is socially and practically inept: He s a bit of a duffer, but harmless at that ; 2. used as a mild remonstrance to someone who has done something silly, been clumsy, etc.: You ve left you …   English dialects glossary

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  • duffer — [“dafa* ] 1. n. a foolish oaf; a bumbler. □ Some old duffer is weeding our garden for us. He’s lost, I think. □ Pete’s just a duffer he’s not really serious at it. 2. n. an unskilled golfer. D Those duffers up ahead are holding up the game. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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