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noun (1)

goo·​ber ˈgü-bər How to pronounce goober (audio)
Southern US and Midland US
: peanut


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noun (2)

: a naive, ignorant, or foolish person

Examples of goober in a Sentence

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What wasn’t okay was the corporate 5G hype that treated us like goobers who fall for any promise of new and awesome tech. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 13 June 2023 This messy firebrand was now out there sounding like a damn goober. Allison P. Davis, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 Our goober lawmakers may not be able to handle the truth. J.d. Crowe |, al, 17 June 2021 Kieran Culkin, book-spitter Sarah Snook, J. Smith-Cameron, tall goober Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Alan Ruck, and Rob Yang are all set to return as well. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Noun (1)

of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu ŋguba peanut

Noun (2)

earlier slang goob, goober kiss, pimple, penis, probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1834, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goober was in 1834


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“Goober.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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