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

: 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 Later in the episode, Musk played himself, the SpaceX head honcho, confidently communicating with a Mars colony in crisis (Pete Davidson’s recurring doofus, Chad, became a hero and went splat—R.I.P. Chad!). Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Elon Musk’s SNL Jokes Obscured," 9 May 2021 The doofus whose fedora barely disguises his misogyny? Nate Jones, Vulture, "How Promising Young Woman Turned Millennial Icons Into Toxic Nice Guys," 1 Apr. 2021 Catherine the Great and her doofus of a husband, Peter III. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 15 best TV shows of 2020: From ‘Queen’s Gambit’ to ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to ‘The Great’," 29 Dec. 2020 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

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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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14 May 2021

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“Doofus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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US slang : a stupid or foolish person

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