doo·fus | \ˈdü-fəs, -fis\
variants: or less commonly
plural doofuses also dufuses\-fə-siz \

Definition of doofus 


: 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.

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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 The early going gets a strange amount of mileage out of humiliating Davis’ incompetent, cowardly mentee, Connor (played by Jack Quaid, most recently seen as one of the redneck doofuses in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky). Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Rampage is laughably dumb, but at least there’s plenty of rampaging," 11 Apr. 2018 Sitcoms have simply swung to the other end of the spectrum, portraying dads as clueless, bumbling doofuses. Aaron Traister, Redbook, "The Whys Guy Takes on TV Dads," 20 Sep. 2012 But there’s just no way that 29 women yearned to marry this American-Eagle-assistant-manager-ass doofus and go live with him in Arizona forever. Jay Willis, GQ, "The Bachelor Finale: Let's Scrutinize Arie's Long, Dumb Search for Love," 5 Mar. 2018 The Workaholics trio of Adam DeVine, Anders Holms, and Blake Anderson reunite for this Netflix-original comedy about three doofuses who leap into action after their swanky hotel is taken over by terrorists. Nick Schager, Esquire, "Here Are the Must-Stream Movies of March 2018," 28 Feb. 2018 Officer Dixon at first glance seems a classic mouth-breathing doofus with a comic malevolence that is vintage Sam Rockwell. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Sam Rockwell Stretches and Surprises in 'Three Billboards'," 27 Nov. 2017 Terry Bradshaw was benched in Pittsburgh and got the reputation for being a doofus. Bernie Lincicome,, "Mitch Trubisky the latest in long line of Bears saviors at quarterback," 18 Aug. 2017

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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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: a stupid or foolish person

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