- A man who is rough or clumsy and unintelligent: they are just big, clumsy oafsMore example sentences
lout, boor, barbarian, Neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel; fool, dolt, dullard; Irish bosthoon• informal idiot, imbecile, halfwit, cretin, ass, jackass, goon, jerk, oik, yahoo, ape, gorilla, baboon, bear, lump, clodhopper, clod, blockhead, meathead, bonehead, chucklehead, knucklehead, lamebrainBritish • informal clot, twit, twonk, numpty, muppet, plonker, berk, prat, pillock, wally, git, wazzock, nerk, dork, yob, yobbo, chavIrish • informal gobdawNorth 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, stumblebumNorth American • vulgar slang asshatIrish • vulgar slang gobshite
- 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.