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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lout, clod, stumblebum, goon, oaf, lubber, lummox, lump, gawknoun

    an awkward stupid person


  1. Oafnoun

    A clumsy or awkward person.


  1. oafnoun

    An elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.

  2. oafnoun

    A person, especially a large male, who is clumsy or a simpleton; an idiot.

    Ouch! You dropped that box on my feet, you lumbering oaf!

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OAFnoun

    Etymology: it seems a corruption of ouph, a demon or fairy, in German alf, from which elf: and means properly the same with changeling; a foolish child left by malevolent ouphs or fairies, in the place of one more witty, which they steal away.

    These, when a child haps to be got,
    Which after proves an idiot,
    When folk perceives it thriveth not,
    The fault therein to smother:
    Some silly doating brainless calf,
    That understands things by the half,
    Says that the fairy left this oaf,
    And took away the other. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oafnoun

    originally, an elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins; hence, a deformed or foolish child; a simpleton; an idiot

  2. Etymology: [See Auf.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oaf

    ōf, n. a foolish or deformed child left by the fairies in place of another: a dolt, an idiot.—adj. Oaf′ish, idiotic, doltish. [Elf.]

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  1. fao

  2. FAO

  3. of a

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oaf in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oaf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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