\ ˈdaft How to pronounce daft (audio) also ˈdäft\

Definition of daft

1 chiefly British, informal : silly, foolish Don't do anything daft.
2 chiefly British, informal : mad, insane … he looks at me as if I were daft.— Johanna McGeary
3 Scotland : frivolously merry

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Other Words from daft

daftly adverb
daftness \ ˈdaf(t)-​nəs How to pronounce daftness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for daft


balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, 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]


balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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Examples of daft in a Sentence

Your idea seems a bit daft to me. She looked at us as if we'd gone daft.

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First Known Use of daft

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for daft

Middle English daffte, daft, defte "well-mannered, gentle, dull, foolish," going back to Old English gedæfte "gentle, mild, meek," adjective derivative of a Germanic base *daƀ- "becoming, fit" (whence also Old English gedafen "appropriate, fitting," Gothic gadaban "to happen, be suitable," with lengthened grade Old English gedēfe "fitting, worthy, quiet, tranquil," Middle Dutch onghedoef "wild, rough," Gothic gadob ist "it is fitting"), going back to dialectal Indo-European *dhabh- or *dhobh-, whence also Old Church Slavic podobati "to become, be fitting," dobrŭ "good, pleasant," Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian dôba, dȍba "time, season," Lithuanian dabà "nature, character," dabnùs "well-dressed, elegant"

Note: The sense progression from Germanic to Modern English is apparently "fit, becoming" to "well-mannered, modest" to "dull, stupid" to "foolish, irrational." See also deft.

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English Language Learners Definition of daft

British, informal
: strange often in a way that is funny
: crazy or foolish


\ ˈdaft How to pronounce daft (audio) \
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