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

: 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.

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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 Jolles, who played the hangdog office worker George on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, makes Shep an excitable doofus. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 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., "Reviews: Matt Bomer in ‘Papi Chulo’; Seth Green’s ‘Changeland’; and more," 7 June 2019 And, yup, Archie convinces his band of doofus jocks (and perfect Kevin) to join the Dark Circle again. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Riverdale' Season 2 Episode 20 Recap: Cheryl Might Be in Huge Danger," 2 May 2018 With great power comes great responsibility... to not be a doofus. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "All hail bongo cat," 14 Sep. 2018 One way of culling the herd of doofus drone pilots is (gentle) mockery—and that’s the true meaning of DroneCrashmas to me. Faine Greenwood, Slate Magazine, "Merry Crashmas," 3 Jan. 2018 Certainly not the gormless Parson Henry, or the doofus-y mountain man (Nathan Zellner) who crosses paths with them in the wilderness, sporting a malfunctioning rifle and a nasty temper. Justin Chang,, "Robert Pattinson delights in the sly, archly comic western 'Damsel'," 21 June 2018 All the way from Boston.’’ That marshal proves to be one Dusty Rhodes, an endearing doofus who likes to knit sweaters and refuses to carry a gun, and is portrayed by newcomer Jeff Blanchette. Don Aucoin,, "It’s a wild, wild West in Landry’s ‘Brokelahomo!’," 2 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of doofus

US slang : a stupid or foolish person

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