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 dufuses (audio) \

Definition of doofus

slang
: a stupid, incompetent, or foolish person

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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 In a classic doofus misstep, Mnuchin punctuated his tweet with a flag emoji apparently intended to display his patriotism. Steven Levy, Wired, "We Asked for Flying Cars. We Got Axl Rose's Twitter Spat," 8 May 2020 Charles Bork, art director at the time, wanted to do a cover showing Alfred E. Neuman, Mad’s gap-toothed iconic doofus, wearing a mortarboard and gown, and called up Mad for permission to copy the character. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, arguably his magnum opus and potentially his second-to-last feature film, sees Tate escape her brutal murder, her would-be attackers slashed and burned by two heroic doofuses: one an actor, one a stuntman. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Hollywood Keeps Trying to Rewrite Its History," 1 May 2020 On the show, Bregoli made a point of affecting to speak like a young black woman, albeit a young black woman who exists only in the mind of a barely-a-teen Palm Beach County doofus who might have watched 8 Mile a few too many times. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "There’s Always Time for Identity Politics," 8 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, Hector and Lady Danger (Tia Carrere as a back-alley Botox-injector in an eyepatch), menace them with the same doofus energy as Rocky and Bullwinkle’s Boris and Natasha. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "AJ and the Queen Says Drag Will Make America Okay Again," 15 Jan. 2020 Bryan Jager has a fun number as a sensitive scallywag; Jarrett Poore gets laughs as a lovable doofus. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Arrgh, an old pal captains Orlando Rep’s ‘How I Became a Pirate’," 20 Oct. 2019 Patiño delights with the precise gestures to convey that though Ernesto is there to get paid to support his family, compassion for another person, even a privileged doofus, shouldn’t be conditional. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Unlikely friendship blossoms in ‘Papi Chulo’," 20 June 2019 Ogunmola’s Viola is consistently assured, while Sabra Williams’ saucy Maria, Lorenzo Gonzalez’s boozy Sir Toby Belch, and Xavi Moreno’s doofus-y Sir Andrew Aguecheek are as gleeful a group of plotters as ever pulled a prank on a gullible dupe. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A ‘Twelfth Night’ to outrage Shakespeare purists with delightful defilement for the rest of us," 28 July 2019

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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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The first known use of doofus was in 1960

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23 May 2020

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“Doofus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doofus. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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doofus

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English Language Learners Definition of doofus

US slang : a stupid or foolish person

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