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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Stupid or awkward person.

Usage examples (41)
  • He felt like an oaf for not only stepping on her foot as they were dancing but, for crashing into the wall as he focused on avoiding her feet.
  • This bulbous oaf is richer than his breakfast cheesecake.
  • We are only groping toward the effective expression oaf democratic doctrine, and today what do we see?
  • If you don't make her warm enough for wiving, you're an oaf, which is not in my blood -- nor your mother's, to be honest. for more
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  • This word originally meant 'an elf baby left in the place of a human baby.' In England, if someone had an ugly baby people believed that the elves had taken their baby and left them with an elf baby instead.
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