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duff·er

 (dŭf′ər)
n.
1. Informal
a. An incompetent or dull-witted person.
b. A casual or mediocre player of a sport, especially golf.
2. Slang A peddler of cheap merchandise.
3. Slang Something worthless or useless.

[Origin unknown.]

duffer

(ˈdʌfə)
n
1. informal a dull or incompetent person
2. slang something worthless
3. (Professions) dialect a peddler or hawker
4. (Mining & Quarrying) a mine that proves unproductive
5. a person who steals cattle
[C19: of uncertain origin]

duff•er

(ˈdʌf ər)

n.
1. Informal.
a. a plodding, clumsy, incompetent person.
b. a person inept or inexperienced at a specific sport, as golf.
2. Slang.
a. anything inferior, counterfeit, or useless.
b. a peddler, esp. one who sells cheap, flashy goods.
[1835–45; perhaps Scots dial. duffar, dowfart dull, stupid person]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duffer - an incompetent or clumsy personduffer - an incompetent or clumsy person; "as a golfer he was only a duffer"
clumsy person - a person with poor motor coordination

duffer

noun (Informal) clot, blunderer (Brit. informal), booby, clod, oaf, bungler, galoot (slang, chiefly U.S.), lubber, lummox (informal) He was a duffer at cricket.
Translations

duffer

[ˈdʌfəʳ] Nzoquete m

duffer

[ˈdʌfər] nnullard(e) m/f

duffer

n (Brit inf)
(esp Sch) → Blödmann m (inf); to be a duffer at football/Frencheine Niete im Fußball/in Französisch sein (inf)
(= silly old man)(alter) Trottel (inf)

duffer

[ˈdʌfəʳ] n (fam) → schiappa
References in classic literature ?
Gawd," he said, "I wonner if I've been played fer a duffer.
Well, they had grand times at that reception - a small-fry noble from Hoboken told me all about it - Sir Richard Duffer, Baronet.
Duffer kept a sausage-shop and never saved a cent in his life because he used to give all his spare meat to the poor, in a quiet way.
I may even come in myself at a pinch; so you won't be the only duffer, if you are one, and I shall be very glad if you will come down and help us too.
In the first place, mirabile dictu, there were one or two even greater duffers than I on the Abbey cricket-field.
He will be terribly upset, but, you know, the dear old duffer really loves me.
I ain't taking no chances with any duffer with a yellow shirt.
Besides, I was anxious to take the wheel, the man in pink pyjamas showing himself a hopeless duffer at the business.
I feel an awful duffer when I am with you, Lord Illingworth.
We'll get the duffers out of the way first, and then we'll have a jolly set afterwards.
You great duffers, there are no rats there to leave
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