1An incompetent or stupid person: a complete duffer at languages
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- For some reason, no matter which production I watch, I'm happy during the first three acts but the minute the old duffer stalks the moors in the storm, I'm lost.
- It's very exciting even for an old duffer like me.
- But to give the old duffer his due, he isn't the first to attempt such a blatantly bloodsucking sonic hook-up.
bungler, blunderer, incompetent, oaf, dunce, dolt, dunderhead, fool, idiot, booby, stupid person, moron, cretin, imbecile
informal chump, clot, clod, nitwit, dimwit, airhead, birdbrain, lamebrain, pea-brain, numbskull, thickhead, fathead, blockhead, bonehead, meathead, chucklehead, knucklehead, pinhead, wooden-head, dipstick, dumb-bell, dumbhead, dumbo, dum-dum, noodle, donkey, ass, nerd
North American informal doofus, goofball, goof, putz, bozo, boob, lamer, chowderhead, meatball, lummox, dummy, turkey, clunk, ding-a-ling, palooka
British vulgar slang knobhead
North American vulgar slang asshat
mid 19th century: from Scots dowfart 'stupid person', from douf 'spiritless'.
mid 19th century: of unknown origin; in use earlier as thieves' slang for 'someone who sells trashy articles as if they were valuable'.