Definition of oaf in English:
- 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.
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.
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