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daft

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Pronunciation: /dɑːft
 
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Definition of daft in English:

adjective

British informal
1Silly; foolish: don’t ask such daft questions
More example sentences
  • My dear old mother went as daft as a brush in her final years.
  • They were patient and polite, but they obviously wondered why I was asking such a daft question.
  • I ask her if she smokes, a daft question given that this is a tobacconist, but you have to start somewhere.
Synonyms
idiotic, stupid, foolish, foolhardy, unwise, imprudent, ill-conceived, silly, inane, puerile, infantile, fatuous, imbecilic, hare-brained, half-baked;
peculiar, odd, strange, queer, weird, eccentric, bizarre, fantastic, incongruous, grotesque
informal crazy, barmy, potty, cock-eyed
deranged, unhinged, insane, mad
informal touched, thick, thick as two short planks, dim, dopey, dumb, dozy, birdbrained, pea-brained, pig-ignorant, bovine, slow on the uptake, soft in the head, brain-dead, boneheaded, lamebrained, chuckleheaded, dunderheaded, wooden-headed, fat-headed, muttonheaded, not all there, not quite right, crazy, mental, nuts, nutty, crackers, cracked, potty, barmy, batty, cuckoo, bonkers, dotty, dippy
British informal not the full shilling
North American informal dumb-ass
1.1 (daft about) Infatuated with: I was daft about him
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Of course they are just daft about their rugby round here.
Synonyms
informal crazy, wild, mad, nutty, nuts, potty, gone on
informal , dated sweet on

Origin

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

Derivatives

daftness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • In more recent years, Sarti's has become an excellent location for late-night daftness over a couple of bottles of Barolo.
  • Dark, menacing and overblown to the point of daftness, it's just like the real Wuthering Heights.
  • And delirious daftness without rhyme or reason is just plain boring and at the core of this film.

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