Definition of oafish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōfiSH/


Stupid, uncultured, or clumsy: oafish behavior
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  • He's a nasty, stupid, oafish and worryingly devious main character and put up against Homer, it's inevitable which one the public would go for.
  • And her smallness fills the room and makes everything else in it seem oafish and awkward in comparison, including me.
  • He called me a stupid, oafish, little girl in front of EVERYONE the night I met him.
stupid, foolish, idiotic, cretinous;
ungainly, loutish, awkward, clumsy, lumbering, apelike, cloddish, Neanderthal, uncouth, uncultured, boorish, rough, coarse, brutish, ill-mannered, unrefined, rough-hewn
archaic lubberly



Example sentences
  • Though he remains oafishly convinced what happened was consensual, it seems clear that what happened was an act of sheer brutality.
  • She was never again to be so oafishly destroyed, going on to master every new game on every new system as the form has evolved.
  • Then 9th Level supervision Mistress dragged me away oafishly, while I kicked her and screamed ‘ABUSE!’


Example sentences
  • Congress, in its collective ham-fisted oafishness, dictated that the government place restrictions on access to spacecraft tracking information.
  • Throughout, Fisher is Laurel to Bob's Hardy, the former maneuvering sardonically around the latter's oafishness via a series of wisecracks on the absurdity of their incarceration.
  • That paean to one man's oafishness and insensitivity, Curb Your Enthusiasm, is built around a comedian who couldn't make it in stand-up because he was too abrasive.

Words that rhyme with oafish


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Syllabification: oaf·ish

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