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Noun, South Africa.
A mentally challenged person, or someone who is a bit stupid.
The literal translation is garlic (imagine a whole bulb), and pronounced as Ka-Noff-El.
It can be used in both a derogatory or endearing term, though most often the former.
(After stupid incident, insult)
Person: "Piet, jy es 'n bladdy knoffel!" (Piet, you're a bloody idiot).

(In conversation, descriptive)
Person: "Shame, have you seen Lizzie's child, she's a bit of a knoffel..."
by KingmanSA April 27, 2014
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