Main definitions of naff in English

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naff1

verb

[NO OBJECT]usually in imperative naff off
British
informal
  • 1 Go away:

    ‘she told press photographers to naff off’
    • ‘Let's face it, my killer clean cut looks are spoiled until these little horrors naff off.’
    • ‘I know that a corporate did approach the Alliance many moons ago and request a wee policy change and was told to naff off.’
    • ‘So I'll naff off, and look like I'm doing something at work for once.’
    • ‘That is when you naff off to the loos for a snooze (toilet roll makes for handy pillow) or dash to the shopping centre.’
    • ‘But I'm sure I'll bung some things on tomorrow before I naff off.’
    • ‘By that I mean that if you are favourable towards marriage and the two married people concerned are not married to each other, you can tell them to naff off.’
    • ‘Finally after two weeks of snottyness, the cold appears to have admitted defeat and naffed off back into the ether.’
    • ‘They naff off and do their own thing for practically most of the story, only to turn up at the very end when it suits them.’
    go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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    1. 1.1as adjective naffing Used to emphasize annoyance:
      ‘more naffing guidelines!’
      damn, damned, blasted, blessed, flaming, precious, confounded, rotten
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Origin

1950s: euphemism for fuck; compare with eff.

Pronunciation:

naff

/naf/

Main definitions of naff in English

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naff2

adjective

British
informal
  • Lacking taste or style:

    ‘he always went for the most obvious melody he could get, no matter how naff it sounded’
    • ‘It will instead become a source of genteel relaxation for the new middle classes, who find pub culture naff and club culture exhausting.’
    • ‘For a naff makeover lifestyle show, there was something about it which was really rather heartwarming.’
    • ‘Ok, so stuffed eggs are a bit naff and seventies, but they still taste good!’
    • ‘Celebrity endorsements have always been naff and frequently backfire horribly.’
    • ‘Some of them sound okay, some sound naff, but they're mine and I stand by them.’
    • ‘Of all his naff hairstyles, there was a general agreement this was the naffest.’
    • ‘That said, the title track, first up on the album, sounds like a naff car commercial.’
    • ‘He died his short hair black and it looked good, not naff.’
    • ‘Just reading the tracklisting convinces you it's going to be naff.’
    • ‘And don't be too horrified at some of the naff singles I've ended up with over the years.’
    • ‘I thought it would be naff, but wound up having a fabulous time.’
    • ‘However, while this sounds like a naff publicity seeking idea, we really rather like it.’
    • ‘It's pretty naff, but as I missed it first time around I think it's my duty to sit through it twenty years on.’
    • ‘Here's an idea for them - I know it's naff but it would be fantastic.’
    • ‘I've done some pretty naff things over the years, in the name of my work and it paid off.’
    • ‘This is a really naff thing you are forced to do in school.’
    • ‘It's a place I feel a little funny about, because when I was in my teens and early 20s, there was no shop more naff on the high street.’
    • ‘The attractions are family-friendly without being naff, and the helpful park staff are marvellous.’
    • ‘Their monologues, pretentious, thick or plain naff, provide a sort of alternative history for the age of celebrity.’
    • ‘This may sound naff, but I hold it to my heart and tell her I love her.’
    substandard, below standard, bad, inferior, poor, poor-quality, low-grade
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Origin

1960s: perhaps from Polari.

Pronunciation:

naff

/naf/