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Definitions of oaf

  1. A foolish child left by the fairies in place of another: a dolt, an idiot. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. A clown; dolt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. A changeling; simpleton. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. A changeling; a foolish child left by fairies in place of another taken away by them; a dolt; a simpleton. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. A foolish child, or idiot, left by fairies in place of another who is carried off by them; a dolt. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for oaf

  1. He was not in orders then, but was a soft- headed great oaf of a young man of nineteen, and that you should have understood. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  2. And she has been making love to that great fool, Jan van der Welde,- great oaf that he is,- after all I have done for her; after my dragging her in out of the cold and rain; after all I have taught her. – Stories By English Authors: Germany by Various
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