Definition of daffy in English:



  • Silly; mildly eccentric.

    ‘daffy anecdotes’
    • ‘Dora is a middle-aged, life-long aspiring actress who brings a mix of daffy flamboyance and tragic loneliness to the household.’
    • ‘My own decision two years ago to leave Fleet Street was considered a daffy girl's midlife crisis.’
    • ‘Brown said when Maynard first mentioned 10 years ago his plan to fly a model plane across the Atlantic, ‘I have to admit that at first I thought he was daffy.’’
    • ‘He does, however, occasionally smirk, though he seems to be morphing that mannerism into a daffy eye-rolling gesture reminiscent of Jack Benny.’
    • ‘The site missed the news that the distinctively daffy television presenter has been named the top British secret fantasy figure.’
    • ‘The comedy may be daffy, but it is great fun, and it makes a virtue of its stuck-in-a-lift scenario.’
    • ‘Mozart's late dramma serio per musica ‘La clemza di Tito’ is supposed to be both funny and slightly daffy - and this was no exception.’
    • ‘They're also attractive for his daffy sense of humour and affection for actors dressed up as bears, lions and robots.’
    • ‘Equally impressive is Marjorie Holder as the effusive, slightly daffy Cecily.’
    • ‘When the film strips down to basics and actually concentrates on its main characters rather than these daffy asides, it's pretty good.’
    • ‘The works often delve into the lives of the quirky, the eccentric, and the just plain daffy with comic precision and a certain amount of heartwarming pathos.’
    • ‘Elf is a charmingly daffy movie that feels like a leap back in time to more genuinely heart-warming Christmas fare.’
    • ‘Gemma Jones says she enjoyed working on Bootleg ‘enormously’ describing Mrs Bubby as ‘a slightly daffy character’ and very different from her usual role.’
    • ‘In fact, it is a delightful journey with daffy characters and clever dialogue.’
    • ‘In his next play, After the Fall, he would caricature her as a daffy, needy addict.’
    • ‘This account of seemingly genuine claimants, reckless pretenders, daffy charlatans and patently mad pretenders to the French crown is the stuff of high farce.’
    • ‘She is an actress who has parlayed her adequate talent and impressive energy into a career playing slightly vulnerable, slightly daffy roles.’
    • ‘Now, of course, that whole notion does indeed seem pretty daffy, at first and at second sight.’
    • ‘This morning the minister launched some kind of daffy policy for schools costing more than $300 million.’
    • ‘With her timing and verve, especially in her daffy musical numbers, she has consistently outshone Sarah Michelle Gellar.’


Late 19th century: from northern English dialect daff simpleton + -y; perhaps related to daft.