daf·​fy ˈda-fē How to pronounce daffy (audio)
daffier; daffiest
: silly or strange often in a way that is funny
a daffy comedy/character
her daffy charm
As a hotshot physician stranded in the daffy small town of Grady, S.C., Michael J. Fox performs with his usual Swiss-watch timing.Owen Gleiberman
But the most successful of her paintings assuage all doubts. They are congeries of daffy cartoonish shapes in stretched canvas or jigsawed wood, thickly painted in rich, loud, chafing colors and arrayed on the wall in roughly rectangular layouts.Peter Schjeldahl
daffily adverb
a daffily entertaining video

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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Word History


obsolete English daff, noun, fool

First Known Use

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daffy was circa 1884

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“Daffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daffy. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


daf·​fy ˈdaf-ē How to pronounce daffy (audio)
daffier; daffiest
: silly, odd, or peculiar usually in an amusing way
a daffy spy story
also : attracted to or fascinated with
daffy over cars
daffy about stamp collecting
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