daft

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From Middle English dafte, defte (gentle; having good manners; humble, modest; awkward; dull; boorish), from Old English dæfte (accommodating; gentle, meek, mild),[1] ġedæfte (gentle, meek, mild), from Proto-Germanic *daftuz (appropriate, apt, convenient, suitable; decent; accommodating, agreeable), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰabʰ- (fitting; to fit together).

Compare silly which originally meant “blessed; good, innocent; pitiful; weak”, but now means “laughable or amusing through foolishness or a foolish appearance; mentally simple, foolish”.[2]

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daft (comparative dafter, superlative daftest)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) Foolish, silly, stupid.
    a daft idea
  2. (chiefly Britain, informal) Crazy, insane, mad.
  3. (obsolete) Gentle, meek, mild.

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  1. ^ dafte, adj.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. ^ James A. H. Murray [et al.], editor (1884–1928), “Daft, a.”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume III (D–E), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697, page 6, column 2.

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