noun \ˈdə-fər\

: a person who plays golf without much skill

: a clumsy or awkward person

Full Definition of DUFFER

a :  a peddler especially of cheap flashy articles
b :  something counterfeit or worthless
:  an incompetent, ineffectual, or clumsy person; especially :  a mediocre golfer
Australian :  a cattle rustler

Examples of DUFFER

  1. We joined the other duffers at the course.
  2. He's a lovable old duffer.

Origin of DUFFER

perhaps from duff, noun, something worthless
First Known Use: 1756

Other Job Terms

factotum, milliner, ostler, scrivener, tinker, webster, wordsmith


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