oaf

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From auf, Old Norse[1] álfr (elf) ( > Norwegian bokmål alv). Akin to German Alb (incubus).

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oaf (plural oafs)

  1. (obsolete) An elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.
  2. (pejorative) A person, especially a large male, who is clumsy or a simpleton; an idiot.
    Ouch! You dropped that box on my feet, you lumbering oaf!

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  1. ^ auf in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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