Definition of doofus in US English:


(also dufus)


North American
  • A stupid person.

    ‘a doofus who paid an inflated price for a tatty house’
    • ‘Soon we'll have crimes of laughter where dufuses force their way into homes and attempt stand up routines at gunpoint.’
    • ‘Didn't the doofus know that I was a double agent?’
    • ‘He got to help the White House wiggle out of unpleasant moments by asking questions worthy of a doofus.’
    • ‘If you happen to be short-waisted as well, you look like a doofus with your blouse tucked in.’
    • ‘The ever-expanding world of wine and spirits now demands a certain degree of consumer savvy if one is to avoid looking like a doofus at cocktail parties, in restaurants or in liquor stores.’
    • ‘So I'm not saying that you're wrong, exactly, that we shouldn't portray men as doofuses as often as we do; I just think that the cure is probably worse than the disease.’
    • ‘It's a lot of fun watching the FBI dufuses giving chase.’
    • ‘Why are millionaires choosing to go on a show where the prize is a low six-figure salary to work for a doofus like him?’
    • ‘It looks cool on Elvis and Michael Jackson, but most guys just look like dufuses if their pants are too short.’
    • ‘Mostly, they remind me how glad I am that I don't have to wear suits and work in office towers pushing paper about, fielding emails, enduring meetings and being bossed about by older, fatter doofuses.’
    • ‘But you don't want to end up seeming like a pitiful doofus like him.’
    • ‘I don't want my guy to give me puppy eyes or beg like a little doofus when he wants something.’
    • ‘All of the supposed intrigue and suspense leads up to a climactic scene which is about as exciting as watching two middle-aged doofuses having a shovel fight in a garage.’
    • ‘So I said hello and on the way to the car I vowed to never speak again except via my laptop, because I am obviously nothing but a bumbling doofus who should remain locked inside away from normal people.’
    • ‘I recorded the drums last, in the manner befitting a dufus, so I had to play them live to everything else, including the guitar break.’
    • ‘What our dueling doofuses don't realize is that this is all a set-up.’
    • ‘I was gratified, not because the teal was gone but because I would have felt like a dufus if I'd missed something so exciting.’
    • ‘There will always be a certain number of doofuses who reply anyway, and I guess you just delete those messages and move on.’
    • ‘Because even though he's a doofus, he is a gentleman.’
    • ‘They'd get home eventually and they wouldn't have spent eighteen pounds on a black cab like some of the dufuses out on the street tonight.’
    idiot, fool, stupid person, simpleton, moron, cretin, imbecile, ignoramus, oaf, dunce, dolt, dullard, nincompoop, duffer, jackass
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1960s: perhaps an alteration of goofus, or from Scots doof ‘dolt’.