- 1An incompetent or stupid person: a complete duffer at languagesMore example sentences
bungler, blunderer, incompetent, oaf, dunce, dolt, dunderhead, fool, idiot, booby, stupid person, moron, cretin, imbecile• informal chump, clot, clod, nitwit, dimwit, airhead, birdbrain, lamebrain, pea-brain, numbskull, thickhead, fathead, blockhead, bonehead, meathead, chucklehead, knucklehead, pinhead, wooden-head, dipstick, dumb-bell, dumbhead, dumbo, dum-dum, noodle, donkey, ass, nerdBritish • informal berk, divvy, wally, numpty, wazzock, nit, mug, prat, twerp, twonk, pillock, muppetNorth American • informal doofus, goofball, goof, putz, bozo, boob, lamer, chowderhead, meatball, lummox, dummy, turkey, clunk, ding-a-ling, palookaBritish • vulgar slang knobheadNorth American • vulgar slang asshat
- For some reason, no matter which production I watch, I'm happy during the first three acts but the minute the old duffer stalks the moors in the storm, I'm lost.
- It's very exciting even for an old duffer like me.
- But to give the old duffer his due, he isn't the first to attempt such a blatantly bloodsucking sonic hook-up.
mid 19th century: from Scots dowfart 'stupid person', from douf 'spiritless'.
nounAustralian • informal
- A person who steals and alters the brands on cattle.More example sentences
- Hundreds have gone missing - but police stock squad troopers are not mounting their thoroughbreds to give chase to the duffers.
mid 19th century: of unknown origin; in use earlier as thieves' slang for 'someone who sells trashy articles as if they were valuable'.