Definition of damfool in English:



dated, informal
  • attributive Thoroughly foolish.

    ‘what a damfool question’
    • ‘‘Well, there's only so many jobs’ is a damfool thing to say.’
    • ‘That being said, any damfool writer who has gone some way realized that the medium of the printed page is way, way superior to any other medium, including film or television.’
    • ‘I had the horrifying realization as I did some organizing that I will never have to buy another pen for the rest of my damfool life.’
    • ‘Eisenhower is said to have called the appointment ‘the biggest damfool mistake I ever made.’’
    • ‘Nights spent getting punchy with Mel, Barron, Paul, Tim, Robert, and other of my partners in damfool schemes.’
    foolish, stupid, unintelligent, idiotic, brainless, mindless, witless, imbecilic, imbecile, doltish
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dated, informal
  • A foolish person.

    ‘you're a damfool not to write’
    • ‘And as for Saints, sainted damfools, more the like.’
    • ‘I just hate what some damfools try to do in His Name.’
    • ‘I, like a damfool, followed a deer - wanted to see her jump a fence.’
    • ‘Did you see them damfools in that little blue sports car with the Georgia plates driving around all afternoon?’