- A stupid, uncultured, or clumsy person.More example sentences
lout, boor, barbarian, Neanderthal, churl, bumpkin, yokel; fool, dolt, dullard• informal idiot, imbecile, moron, halfwit, lamer, cretin, ass, jackass, goon, yahoo, ape, baboon, clod, blockhead, meathead, butthead, meatball, bonehead, knucklehead, chucklehead, lamebrain, palooka, lug, bozo, hoser, boob, chowderhead, lummox, knuckle-dragger, galoot, klutz, goofus, doofus, dork, turkey, dingbat, scissorbill• archaic lubber
- She smiled and sipped her coffee, but he still heard her murmur, ‘Uncultured oaf.’
- Besides its not like me and you haven't done that before you stupid oaf!
- What a shameful exercise in valuing the life of a stupid and dangerous oaf over the lives of millions of others.
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.