A man who is rough or clumsy and unintelligent: they are just big, clumsy oafs
More example sentences
- That is, I am insensitive, brutal, clumsy and a big oaf.
- Our branch contains a fair number of clumsy oafs and we own a hard boat with plenty of deck space for stumbling about.
- Seriously, if a man is a clumsy oaf before you met him, he'll always have that streak of clumsiness.
lout, boor, barbarian, Neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel; fool, dolt, dullard; Irishbosthoon
informal idiot, imbecile, halfwit, cretin, ass, jackass, goon, jerk, oik, yahoo, ape, gorilla, baboon, bear, lump, clodhopper, clod, blockhead, meathead, bonehead, chucklehead, knucklehead, lamebrain
British informal clot, twit, twonk, numpty, muppet, plonker, berk, prat, pillock, wally, git, wazzock, nerk, dork, yob, yobbo, chav
Irish informal gobdaw
North American informal 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
North American vulgar slang asshat
Irish vulgar slang gobshite
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.