daffy

adjective
daf·​fy | \ ˈda-fē How to pronounce daffy (audio) \
daffier; daffiest

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Other Words from daffy

daffily \ ˈda-​fə-​lē How to pronounce daffily (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for daffy

Synonyms

balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms

balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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Examples of daffy in a Sentence

The actress is starring in a daffy new comedy this summer. The book is filled with daffy characters.

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Well, no show about an ex-con motel manager and her daffy family was likely to provide stiff competition for Steel’s glamorous romances. David Canfield, EW.com, "They almost wrote Jennifer Aniston off the show?! An exclusive look at the making of Friends," 21 Aug. 2019 There’s lyricism and humor, too, especially from Medea’s tart servant Tita, and her daffy neighborhood friend, Louisa, who runs a churro cart. New York Times, "Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories," 12 July 2019 In fairness, Trump didn’t dream up this daffy idea himself: Spending at least 2% of a country’s GDP on its military has been an official NATO goal since 2006, and Trump’s not the first to suggest doubling that amount. Lindsay Koshgarian, Fortune, "Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up," 12 July 2018 Daffy Days To get people in the daffy spirit for the annual Meriden Daffodil Festival on April 28 and 29, Hubbard Park — home to about 600,000 daffs — also is hosting a pre-festival weekend April 21 and 22. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Things To Do This Week," 16 Apr. 2018 But McElwain was daffy enough that posing naked on top of a shark didn’t seem out of character. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jim McElwain to Michigan should worry Wolverines," 21 Feb. 2018 The stage, outfitted with kiddie pools, fairy lights and even a tiki bar that serves alcoholic refreshments, is where theatergoers congregate for this jocular, beach party update of a musical entertainment already overtopped with daffy cleverness. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, Feb. 4-11: 'Great Expectations,' 'Pirates of Penzance' and more," 4 Feb. 2018 Lynch still likes to mix the surreal and the silly, with truly strange events that defy explanation alternating with comic relief provided by the ridiculously daffy staff of Twin Peaks' sheriff's department. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'Victoria and Abdul,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 7 Jan. 2018 A wildly daffy premise tempered by impressive emotional depth. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of daffy

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daffy

obsolete English daff, noun, fool

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The first known use of daffy was circa 1884

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daffy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of daffy

US, informal : silly or strange often in a way that is funny

daffy

adjective
daf·​fy | \ ˈda-fē How to pronounce daffy (audio) \
daffier; daffiest

Kids Definition of daffy

: silly or oddly funny

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