- inferior in quality or condition
- tasteless or unfashionable
Origin of naff; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
adjectiveChiefly British Slang
Origin of naffPossibly of dialectal origin.
intransitive verbnaffed, naff·ing, naffs Chiefly British Slang
Origin of naffOrigin unknown.
(comparative naffer, superlative naffest)
Unknown. The Polari sense "heterosexual" is sometimes given the folk-etymological backronym "not available for fucking".
- An English surname.
Unconfirmed. Hypotheses include:
- An Arabic root from a word meaning one who the separates wheat from the chaff.
- A corruption of the Swiss/German surname Neff, perhaps brought to the Middle East by a Crusader or trader.