duffer
noun Etymology: perhaps from duff, noun, something worthless Date: 1756 1. a. a peddler especially of cheap flashy articles b. something counterfeit or worthless 2. an incompetent, ineffectual, or clumsy person; especially a mediocre golfer 3. Australian a cattle rustler

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  • Duffer — may refer to: Duffer (Narnia), invisible dwarves in the Chronicles of Narnia Duffer , in Australian English, a person occupied in cattle raiding Glossary of chess#D#Duffer, a weak player in the game of chess In biology: Duffers group, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Duffer — Duf fer, n. 1. A peddler or hawker, especially of cheap, flashy articles, as sham jewelry; hence, a sham or cheat. [Slang, Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 2. A stupid, awkward, inefficient person.[Slang] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duffer — Duf fer, n. 1. (Mining) See {Shicer}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any common domestic pigeon. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duffer — Duf fer, n. One who duffs cattle, etc. [Australia] Unluckily, cattle stealers are by no means so rare as would be desirable; they are locally known as duffers. Baden Powell. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • duffer — inept person; old man, especially bad golfer, 1842, perhaps from Scot. duffar dull or stupid person, from dowf stupid, lit. deaf, from O.N. daufr, with pejorative suffix art. Or perhaps from 18c. thieves slang duff (v.) to dress or manipulate an… …   Etymology dictionary

  • duffer — ► NOUN informal ▪ an incompetent or stupid person. ORIGIN from Scots dowfart «stupid person» …   English terms dictionary

  • duffer — [duf′ər] n. [< thieves slang duff, to counterfeit, fake] 1. [Old Slang] a peddler, as of cheap trinkets 2. [Old Slang] anything counterfeit or worthless 3. Informal a person, now often elderly, who is incompetent, ineffectual, or dawdling 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Duffer — 1. stupid or incompetent person; one who is socially and practically inept: He s a bit of a duffer, but harmless at that ; 2. used as a mild remonstrance to someone who has done something silly, been clumsy, etc.: You ve left you hat on the train …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • duffer — Australian Slang 1. stupid or incompetent person; one who is socially and practically inept: He s a bit of a duffer, but harmless at that ; 2. used as a mild remonstrance to someone who has done something silly, been clumsy, etc.: You ve left you …   English dialects glossary

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  • duffer — [“dafa* ] 1. n. a foolish oaf; a bumbler. □ Some old duffer is weeding our garden for us. He’s lost, I think. □ Pete’s just a duffer he’s not really serious at it. 2. n. an unskilled golfer. D Those duffers up ahead are holding up the game. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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