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goof

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noun \ˈgüf\

Simple Definition of goof

  • : a silly or stupid person

  • : a careless or stupid mistake

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of goof

  1. 1 :  a silly or stupid person

  2. 2 :  blunder

Examples of goof in a sentence

  1. Don't be such a goof.

  2. I'll admit it's my goof.

  3. I made a major goof.



Origin of goof

probably alteration of English dialect goff simpleton


First Known Use: 1915

Rhymes with goof


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goof

verb

Simple Definition of goof

  • : to make a careless or stupid mistake : to make a goof

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of goof

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to spend time idly or foolishly —usually used with off <goofing off instead of working> b :  to engage in playful activity —usually used with around <goofing around after school>

  3. 2 :  to make a usually foolish or careless mistake :  blunder —often used with up

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to make a mess of :  bungle —usually used with up <goofed up the assignment>

goof on

slang

  1. :  to make fun of :  kid, put on <you're goofing on me, right?>

Examples of goof in a sentence

  1. It was clear that someone had goofed.



1932

First Known Use of goof

1932



GOOF Defined for Kids

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goof

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noun \ˈgüf\

Definition of goof for Students

  1. 1 :  a stupid or silly person

  2. 2 :  2blunder




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goof

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verb

Definition of goof for Students

goofedgoofing

  1. 1 :  to spend time foolishly <He goofed off instead of studying.>

  2. 2 :  to spend time doing silly or playful things <They spend the weekend goofing around.>

  3. 3 :  to make a blunder





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