Oaf

A corruption of ouph (elf). A foolish child or dolt is so called from the notion that all idiots are changelings, left by the fairies in the place of the stolen ones.

This guiltless oaf his vacancy of sense
Supplied, and amply too, by innocence.

Byron: Verses found in a Summer-house.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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