O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ohf]
    • /oʊf/
    • /ˈəʊ.fɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohf]
    • /oʊf/

Definitions of oafish word

  • noun oafish a clumsy, stupid person; lout. 1
  • noun oafish a simpleton; dunce; blockhead. 1
  • noun oafish Archaic. a deformed or mentally deficient child. a changeling. 1
  • noun oafish Stupid, uncultured, or clumsy. 1
  • adjective oafish If you describe someone, especially a man or a boy, as oafish, you disapprove of their behaviour because you think that it is impolite, clumsy, or aggressive. 0

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Origin of oafish

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 Oafish


oafish 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.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

oafish usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oafish

adjective oafish

  • clumsy — A clumsy person moves or handles things in a careless, awkward way, often so that things are knocked over or broken.
  • stupid — lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
  • all thumbs — clumsy
  • blundering — a gross, stupid, or careless mistake: That's your second blunder this morning.
  • bumbling — If you describe a person or their behaviour as bumbling, you mean that they behave in a confused, disorganized way, making mistakes and usually not achieving anything.

Top questions with oafish

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