Definition of oaf in English:



  • A stupid, uncultured, or clumsy person.

    • ‘‘I'm not your animal to man handle you oaf! ‘she announced, ducking in an attempt to get past him.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That ungentlemanly oaf - he should have at least thought of giving you a ride back here.’
    • ‘Besides its not like me and you haven't done that before you stupid oaf!’
    • ‘Raziel sighed and shook his head, ‘Forget about that oaf.’’
    • ‘What a shameful exercise in valuing the life of a stupid and dangerous oaf over the lives of millions of others.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘They might have given me the glare, and mumbled something under their breath like, ‘Where did this oaf learn to drive?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Why don't you, you lazy oaf,’ Ryan hissed right back, his anger flaring up wildly.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘Look where you're going, you oaf!’ she shouted at him.’
    • ‘She smiled and sipped her coffee, but he still heard her murmur, ‘Uncultured oaf.’’
    • ‘I screamed at Justin, ‘You're hurting me you oaf!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And certainly it's just the tip of the iceberg with this militant oaf.’
    • ‘Bart, you brainless oaf, the least you could've done for her is give her your coat.’
    • ‘It is like that wit-less oaf to suggest such a ludicrous thing.’
    • ‘Anyone who is tormented by that oaf next door deserves a consolation dinner.’
    lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel
    fool, dolt, dullard
    idiot, imbecile, halfwit, cretin, ass, jackass, goon, jerk, oik, yahoo, ape, gorilla, baboon, bear, lump, clodhopper, clod, blockhead, meathead, bonehead, chucklehead, knucklehead, lamebrain
    muttonhead, noddy, hobbledehoy
    clot, twit, twonk, numpty, muppet, plonker, berk, prat, pillock, wally, git, wazzock, nerk, dork, yob, yobbo, chav
    nyaff, sumph, gowk, galoot
    bozo, schmuck, boob, lamer, chowderhead, dumbhead, lummox, klutz, putz, schlemiel, gink, cluck, ding-dong, wiener, weeny, dip, spud, coot, palooka, poop, squarehead, hick, goofus, clunk, dingleberry, turkey, stumblebum
    dingbat, alec, galah, nong, bogan, poon, boofhead, drongo, dill
    skate, mompara
    dickhead, fuckwit, fuckhead, shit for brains, dildo
    arsehole, arse, dick, tit, tosser, knobhead
    clodpole, lubber
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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.