Definition of daft in US English:

daft

adjective

British
informal
  • 1Silly; foolish.

    ‘don't ask such daft questions’
    • ‘I could spend hours just staring into the mirror, pulling daft faces.’
    • ‘He had written that he was struggling to deal with his feelings and felt daft even expressing them.’
    • ‘The story is totally daft and has plot holes you can drive a bus through.’
    • ‘A stream of people I half-knew kept coming up to tell me how daft I looked.’
    • ‘There's no way of supping a full latte without getting a foamy moustache on your upper lip and it looks as daft on a power person as it does on an old grey man.’
    • ‘Even the most supposedly stylish people looked pretty daft 20 years ago.’
    • ‘I felt an urge in recent weeks to e-mail the journalist and tell him what a good job he was doing, but felt a bit daft e-mailing a total stranger.’
    • ‘I ask her if she smokes, a daft question given that this is a tobacconist, but you have to start somewhere.’
    • ‘This reduces the arguments to the silly opinions of a couple of daft people with money.’
    • ‘My dear old mother went as daft as a brush in her final years.’
    • ‘Who thought it was a good idea to ask such a daft question in the first place?’
    • ‘Forgive me if I sound daft, but I can't see a link between the two subjects.’
    • ‘This latest daft row is yet another example of the slimy politics which disfigure racing, and there's a lot worse to come.’
    • ‘The bed is edged with a lavender hedge on two sides, which I like, but I planted a yellow rose in the bed and it was miles too tall and looked daft.’
    • ‘They were patient and polite, but they obviously wondered why I was asking such a daft question.’
    • ‘As scatty or daft as I may come across here at times, work is hugely important to me.’
    • ‘Gangsta culture may look glamorous to some but transport it to the Midlands and it looks daft.’
    • ‘Very little in business is easy, and anyone looking for an easy option would be daft to make exporting their first choice.’
    • ‘How could such a clever man be so daft that he did not anticipate the most obvious questions?’
    • ‘The conversation deteriorated until we were calling each other daft names and I moved to storm out of his office with one final remark.’
    absurd, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible
    simple-minded, simple, stupid, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, dull-witted, dull, dim-witted, slow-witted, slow, witless, half-witted, feeble-minded, dunce-like, cretinous, empty-headed, vacuous, vapid
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    1. 1.1daft about Infatuated with.
      ‘we were all daft about him’
      • ‘Of course they are just daft about their rugby round here.’
      • ‘I've been daft about cricket since I was young, and I was part of a successful squad until I was forced to pack it in at 26 when I tore my cartilage and ruptured my knee ligaments.’
      • ‘It's time to stop being daft about Christmas.’
      • ‘Much of the population is daft about dogs and there are not many whippets here so people stop us in the street to look at them.’
      • ‘His mother Karen said that she and her husband, Kevin, who are both doctors, were both daft about puzzles and had encouraged Jack and younger sister Mia in their hobby.’
      infatuated with, enamoured of, obsessed by, smitten with, besotted by, doting on, very fond of
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Origin

Old English gedæfte ‘mild, meek’, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic gabadan ‘become or be fitting’.

Pronunciation

daft

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