​Oaf – Norse Elf

Oaf – A person acting foolishly, usually through negligence or lack of understanding.

The word ‘oaf’ has been used since the 1630s and is a slight change from an earlier word, ‘auf’ which was old Norse for ‘elf’. The word was used initially to mean a silly person in a fun manner, but has recently taken on a more diminutive sense.

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