oaf

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From auf, Old Norse[1] alfr (elf) (whence Norwegian Bokmål alv). Doublet of elf.

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oaf (plural oafs or oaves)

  1. (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!
  2. (obsolete) An elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.

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