O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ohf]
    • /oʊf/
    • /əʊf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohf]
    • /oʊf/

Definitions of oaf word

  • noun oaf a clumsy, stupid person; lout. 1
  • noun oaf a simpleton; dunce; blockhead. 1
  • noun oaf Archaic. a deformed or mentally deficient child. a changeling. 1
  • noun oaf A stupid, uncultured, or clumsy person. 1
  • noun oaf stupid person 1
  • noun oaf clumsy person 1

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Origin of oaf

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
1615-25; variant of auf, Middle English alfe, Old English ælf elf; cognate with German Alp nightmare

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Parts of speech for Oaf


oaf popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for oaf

noun oaf

  • stupid — lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
  • beast — You can refer to an animal as a beast, especially if it is a large, dangerous, or unusual one.
  • blunderer — a gross, stupid, or careless mistake: That's your second blunder this morning.
  • bruiser — A bruiser is someone who is tough, strong, and aggressive, and enjoys a fight or argument.
  • brute — If you call someone, usually a man, a brute, you mean that they are rough, violent, and insensitive.

Antonyms for oaf

noun oaf

  • brain — Your brain is the organ inside your head that controls your body's activities and enables you to think and to feel things such as heat and pain.
  • genius — an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc.: the genius of Mozart. Synonyms: intelligence, ingenuity, wit; brains.
  • handyman — a person hired to do various small jobs, especially in the maintenance of an apartment building, office building, or the like.

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