Definition of oaf in English:

oaf

noun

  • A man who is rough or clumsy and unintelligent.

    ‘they are just big, clumsy oafs’
    • ‘That is, I am insensitive, brutal, clumsy and a big oaf.’
    • ‘Wasn't there some scrawny woman called Emma, and a big oaf who was in love with her?’
    • ‘If the story so obviously made no sense that any chat show oaf could tear it apart, I don't think they'd be taking it as seriously as they are.’
    • ‘I didn't want to get married to a big oaf, so I ran away.’
    • ‘What a shameful exercise in valuing the life of a stupid and dangerous oaf over the lives of millions of others.’
    • ‘Much as I would rather sit and stare into space than talk to such oafs, that would have been both rude and a missed opportunity - they were, after all, supposed to be the bee's knees.’
    • ‘Rather than let those stereotypes build walls, I wanted to show people that bodybuilders are so much more than just big musclebound oafs to be afraid of.’
    • ‘Why did they all seem to think that I fell feelings for that insignificant oaf whose purpose of living is to make other lives - well mostly mine - completely and utterly wretched?’
    • ‘She smiled and sipped her coffee, but he still heard her murmur, ‘Uncultured oaf.’’
    • ‘‘Yes, and we will make a raft of you big oafs, you and my brother Bolo,’ laughed Nalu.’
    • ‘‘Why don't you, you lazy oaf,’ Ryan hissed right back, his anger flaring up wildly.’
    • ‘Bart, you brainless oaf, the least you could've done for her is give her your coat.’
    • ‘Such a clumsy oaf should never be allowed to dance, much less with such energy.’
    • ‘‘Look where you're going, you oaf!’ she shouted at him.’
    • ‘Raziel sighed and shook his head, ‘Forget about that oaf.’’
    • ‘Seriously, if a man is a clumsy oaf before you met him, he'll always have that streak of clumsiness.’
    • ‘But clearly the lumbering oaf thinks they're all trying it on.’
    • ‘It is like that wit-less oaf to suggest such a ludicrous thing.’
    • ‘The oaf in question was met with a barrage of abuse - as we pointed out that we had a baby on board who was scared witless and screaming.’
    • ‘Nowadays it is the footballers who behave like oafs off the field, while rugby players act like hooligans on it.’
    • ‘He sighed as well, thinking of the treat he would get if he ever got to apologize to the big oaf.’
    • ‘They are big oafs with naught but lust for young maidens like you.’
    • ‘I screamed at Justin, ‘You're hurting me you oaf!’’
    • ‘They might have given me the glare, and mumbled something under their breath like, ‘Where did this oaf learn to drive?’’
    • ‘It is a mystery beyond all mysteries, unless, I do not think this could be possible, could one of my daughters have fallen in love with this oaf and told him everything?’
    • ‘Many professional dancers make ends meet, or simply share their love of the art, by teaching classes in studios that are surprisingly manageable for your average clumsy oaf.’
    • ‘And certainly it's just the tip of the iceberg with this militant oaf.’
    • ‘Our branch contains a fair number of clumsy oafs and we own a hard boat with plenty of deck space for stumbling about.’
    • ‘Female waitresses and bartenders everywhere know exactly what it's like to have to simper in silence in the face of some witless, leering oaf.’
    • ‘And he has been nothing but a gentleman compared to the big oaf whose been trying to bully him.’
    • ‘Soon every brigand of note, every pirate and village oaf will declare themselves lord of their fief and kingdom and it will all be up for anyone with the mightiest resource.’
    • ‘Besides its not like me and you haven't done that before you stupid oaf!’
    • ‘The second time, he had tripped over something, and Mary had called him ‘a clumsy oaf.’’
    • ‘It'd be better than being here with a big oaf who cares nothing about nobody!’
    • ‘This idiot and his team of oafs had the audacity to patronize and laugh at Eugene last night.’
    • ‘To some, the director-general is an oaf dressed in jester's clothing, a big-mouthed fool with a propensity to put his foot in it.’
    • ‘‘I'm not your animal to man handle you oaf! ‘she announced, ducking in an attempt to get past him.’’
    • ‘That ungentlemanly oaf - he should have at least thought of giving you a ride back here.’
    • ‘Anyone who is tormented by that oaf next door deserves a consolation dinner.’
    • ‘Those drunken oafs do not deserve the exaggerated respect they receive.’
    lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel
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Origin

Early 17th century: variant of obsolete auf, from Old Norse álfr ‘elf’. The original meaning was ‘elf's child, changeling’, later ‘idiot child’ and ‘halfwit’, generalized in the current sense.

Pronunciation

oaf

/əʊf/