Definition of Duffer

1. Noun. An incompetent or clumsy person. "As a golfer he was only a duffer"

Generic synonyms: Clumsy Person



Definition of Duffer

1. n. A peddler or hawker, especially of cheap, flashy articles, as sham jewelry; hence, a sham or cheat.

2. n. See Shicer.

3. n. One who duffs cattle, etc.

Definition of Duffer

1. Adjective. (comparative of duff) ¹

2. Noun. (informal) An incompetent or clumsy person. ¹

3. Noun. (sports) A player having little skill, especially a golfer who duffs. ¹

4. Noun. (archaic) A pedlar or hawker, especially one selling cheap or substandard goods. ¹

5. Noun. (archaic) Cheap or substandard goods sold by a '''duffer'''. ¹

6. Noun. A cow that does not produce milk. ¹

7. Noun. (Australia dated) A cattle thief; one who alters the brands of cattle. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Duffer

1. a clumsy person [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Duffer

duetting
duettino
duettinos
duettist
duettists
duetto
duettos
duetts
duff
duff up
duffed
duffel
duffel bag
duffel coat
duffels
duffer (current term)
duffers
duffest
duffing
duffings
duffle
duffle bag
duffle coat
duffles
duffs
dufftail
dufftails
duffy blood-group system
dufrenite
dufrenites

Literary usage of Duffer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their ...by Algernon Graves by Algernon Graves (1905)
"60, Cambridge Street, duffer, LS F Painter. 50, Rue de Courcelles, Paris. 1872. 1123 Mdlle. duffer. 1353 Miniature in oil. DUFFIELD, William Painter. ..."

2. Shakespeare Studies, and Essay on English Dictionaries by Thomas Spencer Baynes, Lewis Campbell (1896)
"In turf language a duffer means a horse which is by some means made a great favourite by his owner or party, in order that he or they may be enabled to bet ..."

3. The History of "Punch" by Marion Harry Spielmann (1895)
"... Confessions of a duffer "—Miss May Kendall—Miss Burnand—Lady Humorists—Mr. Brandon Thomas and Mr. Gladstone—Mr. Warham St. Leger—Mr. Anstey—"Modern ..."

4. Our Young Folks by John Townsend Trowbridge, Lucy Larcom, Gail Hamilton (1872)
"duffer went tumbling over the fences after him. Jack ran for liberty at first, but soon he began to run from the whip ; while at eath moment, ..."

5. The Standard Index of Short Stories, 1900-1914 by Francis James Hannigan (1918)
"New Eng ns 35:86 S '06 duffer. E. i, Sabin. Mun 23:382 Je '00 Duffy. JA Moroso. Amer 76:38 N '13 Duffy, Alice E. Love in a mask. ..."

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