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Adj.1.daft - informal or slang terms for mentally irregulardaft - informal or slang terms for mentally irregular; "it used to drive my husband balmy"

bats, batty, bonkers, buggy, around the bend, balmy, crackers, dotty, haywire, kookie, kooky, loco, loony, nuts, round the bend, wacky, whacky, nutty, loopy, fruity, barmy, cracked

insane - afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; "was declared insane"; "insane laughter"

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adjective(Informal, chiefly Brit.)

1.stupid, simple, crazy, silly, absurd, foolish, irrational, unwise, senseless, giddy, infantile, goofy, foolhardy, idiotic, inane, fatuous, loopy(informal), witless, crackpot(informal), out to lunch(informal), dopey(informal), puerile, imprudent(informal), scatty(Brit. informal), asinine, gonzo(slang), imbecilic, doolally(slang), off your head(informal), off your trolley(slang), up the pole(informal), dumb-ass(slang), wacko or whacko(slang)I wasn't so daft as to believe him.

2.ridiculous, foolish, impractical, ludicrous, pointless, unrealistic, unreasonable, unwise, preposterous, laughable, farcical, illogical, unworkable, foolhardy, nonsensical, half-baked, fatuous, risible, ill-conceived, impracticable, hare-brained, dumb-ass(slang), cockamamie(slang, chiefly U.S.)Now there's a daft suggestion!

3.crazy, mad, mental(slang), touched, nuts(slang), barking(slang), crackers(Brit. slang), insane, lunatic, demented, nutty(slang), deranged, unhinged, round the bend(Brit. slang), barking mad(slang), not right in the head, not the full shilling(informal)It either sends you daft or kills you.

daft aboutenthusiastic about, mad about, crazy about(informal), doting on, besotted with, sweet on, nuts about(slang), potty about(Brit. informal), infatuated by, dotty about(slang, chiefly Brit.), nutty about(informal)He's just daft about her.

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Afflicted with or exhibiting irrationality and mental unsoundness:

brainsick, crazy, demented, disordered, distraught, dotty, insane, lunatic, mad, maniac, maniacal, mentally ill, moonstruck, off, touched, unbalanced, unsound, wrong.

Informal: bonkers, cracked, daffy, gaga, loony.

Slang: bananas, batty, buggy, cuckoo, fruity, loco, nuts, nutty, screwy, wacky.

Chiefly British: crackers.

Law: non compos mentis.

Idioms: around the bend, crazy as a loon, mad as a hatter, not all there, nutty as a fruitcake, off one's head, off one's rocker, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, sick in the head, stark raving mad.

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senseless, stupid, or foolish.

insane; crazy.

Scot.merry; playful; frolicsome.



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Origin of daft

before 1000; Middle English dafte uncouth, awkward; earlier, gentle, meek, Old English dæfte;cf. deft



Words nearby daft

daffadilly, daffadowndilly, daffing, daffodil, daffy, daft, Dafydd ap Gruffudd, Dafydd ap Gwilym, dag, da Gama, Dagan

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Words related to daft

absurd, asinine, bonkers, cracked, crackers, daffy, demented, deranged, dopey, flaky, foolish, giddy, half-baked, idiotic, inane, insane, lunatic, mad, mental, nuts

How to use daft in a sentence

  • Like, you had the Daft Punk record and then the Bruno Mars record and new records just come out.

    Chromeo’s Dave 1 on ‘White Women’ and Bringing Back the Funk|Melissa Leon|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The idea of using an incredibly salty, orange-hued shell as a delivery vehicle for salty stuffings seemed a little daft.

    Domino’s Fried-Chicken Pizza Means We’ve Hit Peak Food Trolling|Daniel Gross|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • I was near daft with fear when I saw Leeby wasna there either.

    A Window in Thrums|J. M. Barrie

  • And Dan leaned over and whispered, "See, she's gone daft, like the rest!"

    The Transformation of Job|Frederick Vining Fisher

  • Ah, she is a bonny thing, but ye ken she is a wee bit daft, puir lassie!

    Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 6 June 1848|Various

  • There's a sea called Sargasso, and if I told you half the things about it, you'd think me daft.

    The Wind Bloweth|Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • A man must be daft that takes his wifes death so hard it eeny most kills him, and he stays single all the rest of his life.

    Wheat and Huckleberries|Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile

British Dictionary definitions for daft


informalfoolish, simple, or stupid

a slang word for insane

informal (postpositive foll by about) extremely fond (of)

slangfrivolous; giddy

Derived forms of daft

daftly, adverbdaftness, noun

Word Origin for daft

Old English gedæfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable

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History and Etymology for daft

Middle English daffte, daft, defte "well-mannered, gentle, dull, foolish," going back to Old English gedæfte "gentle, mild, meek," adjective derivative of a Germanic base *daƀ- "becoming, fit" (whence also Old English gedafen "appropriate, fitting," Gothic gadaban "to happen, be suitable," with lengthened grade Old English gedēfe "fitting, worthy, quiet, tranquil," Middle Dutch onghedoef "wild, rough," Gothic gadob ist "it is fitting"), going back to dialectal Indo-European *dhabh- or *dhobh-, whence also Old Church Slavic podobati "to become, be fitting," dobrŭ "good, pleasant," Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian dôba, dȍba "time, season," Lithuanian dabà "nature, character," dabnùs "well-dressed, elegant"

Note: The sense progression from Germanic to Modern English is apparently "fit, becoming" to "well-mannered, modest" to "dull, stupid" to "foolish, irrational." See also deft.

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Daft means "foolish, wacky, or nutty." like your daft idea of wearing flip-flops to hike through the snow so that you didn't ruin your boots.

When the adjective daft is used, you know something extremely silly or obviously goofy is involved — like setting all your money on fire to keep warm, instead of just using it to buy a coat. Some synonyms for daft are absurd, ridiculous, senseless and idiotic, so if someone calls you "daft," maybe you should rethink what you are trying to accomplish: Is there a better way to do it?

Definitions of daft

  1. adjective

    informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
    synonyms:around the bend, balmy, barmy, bats, batty, bonkers, buggy, cracked, crackers, dotty, fruity, haywire, kookie, kooky, loco, loony, loopy, nuts, nutty, round the bend, wacky, whacky

    afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement

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