There are 2 definitions of duffer in English:

duffer1

Line breaks: duf¦fer
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌfə
 
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noun

informal
  • 2Australian /NZ An unproductive mine.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Scots dowfart 'stupid person', from douf 'spiritless'.

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There are 2 definitions of duffer in English:

duffer2

Line breaks: duf¦fer
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌfə
 
/

noun

Australian informal
  • A person who steals and alters the brands on cattle.
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    • Hundreds have gone missing - but police stock squad troopers are not mounting their thoroughbreds to give chase to the duffers.

Origin

mid 19th century: of unknown origin; in use earlier as thieves' slang for 'someone who sells trashy articles as if they were valuable'.

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