Foolish vs Daff - What's the difference?

foolish | daff |

As a adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun daff is

a fool; an idiot; a blockhead or daff can be (british|informal) short form of daffodil.

As a verb daff is

to be foolish; make sport; play; toy or daff can be to toss aside; put off; doff.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) daf, .


    (en noun)
  • A fool; an idiot; a blockhead.
  • Derived terms
    * * * *

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . See above.


    (en verb)
  • To be foolish; make sport; play; toy.
  • (Jamieson)
  • (UK, dialect) To daunt.
  • (Grose)
    Derived terms
    * *

    Etymology 3

    Variant of doff.


    (en verb)
  • To toss (aside); to dismiss.
  • * 1599 ,
  • *:DON PEDRO. I would she had bestowed this dotage on me; I would have daffed all other respects and made her half myself.
  • *1948 , (CS Lewis), ‘Notes on the Way’:
  • *:Such is the record of Scripture. Nor can you daff it aside by saying that local and temporary conditions condemned women to silence and private life.
  • To turn (someone) aside; divert.
  • Etymology 4

    From daffodil.


    (en noun)
  • (British, informal) Short form of daffodil.
  • Get your daffs here - £2 a bunch