• From Middle English dafte, defte, from Old English dæfte,, from Proto-West Germanic *daftī, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰh₂ebʰ-. Related to Old English dafnian, dafenian, Russian до́брый.
  • Compare silly which originally meant “blessed; good, innocent; pitiful; weak”, but now means “laughable or amusing through foolishness or a foolish appearance; mentally simple, foolish”.

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