doofus

noun
doo·​fus | \ ˈdü-fəs How to pronounce doofus (audio) , -fis \
variants: or less commonly
plural doofuses also dufuses\ ˈdü-​fə-​siz How to pronounce doofus (audio) \

Definition of doofus

slang
: a stupid, incompetent, or foolish person

Examples of doofus in a Sentence

Don't be such a doofus. I don't want to be partnered on the project with that doofus.
Recent Examples on the Web To a pint-sized doofus like myself, this was by far the coolest thing imaginable. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2022 But Dupieux has always created mini-universes in which his deadpan-doofus characters can pinball about obeying the laws of a physics not quite the same as ours, so in many ways, the restrictions don’t seem to have restricted him that much. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 As Irons plays him, at least until the movie’s swerving finale, this PM is a likable doofus, certain that any problem can be solved with a handshake and a cup of tea. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 21 Jan. 2022 When Marcia asks him to go back to her home and fetch Logan’s PJs and slippers — a favor mostly orchestrated to get this weird doofus out of her orbit for a while — Greg doesn’t have the money to pay cab fare. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 12 Dec. 2021 For two decades, Simon Rex had been on a Gump-like tour of the least prestigious jobs in Hollywood: male model, MTV VJ, sitcom actor, Scary Movie doofus, white rapper, and Vine star. Nate Jones, Vulture, 8 Nov. 2021 Since there are only two noteworthy humans in the story — one is dumped after the opening ten minutes and the other is a comedy-relief doofus — humanity is notably missing from the story. Kyle Smith, National Review, 31 Oct. 2021 What happens when a bad-tempered, distractible doofus runs an empire? Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 What happens when a bad-tempered, distractible doofus runs an empire? Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of doofus

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doofus

perhaps alteration of goof entry 1

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Last Updated

20 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Doofus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doofus. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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