goof

noun
\ ˈgüf \

Definition of goof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a silly or stupid person
2 : blunder

goof

verb
goofed; goofing; goofs

Definition of goof (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to make a usually foolish or careless mistake : blunder often used with up

transitive verb

: to make a mess of : bungle usually used with up goofed up the assignment
goof on
slang
: to make fun of : kid, put on you're goofing on me, right?

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Examples of goof in a Sentence

Noun

Don't be such a goof. I'll admit it's my goof. I made a major goof.

Verb

It was clear that someone had goofed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In an apparent goof, someone ran the new MacBook Air on Geekbench 4.3 and then submitted the results to Geekbench’s official browser database. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Here's how much slower (and faster?) Apple's new MacBook Air is than Dell's XPS 13," 2 Nov. 2018 In other words, there’s plenty to reinforce Sandler’s reputation as a relatively lowbrow goof. Karen Han, Vox, "Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh is a surprising, refreshingly earnest standup special," 28 Oct. 2018 New grads often turn to social media to mock their alma maters’ graduation goofs. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Nice Degree, but Your Diploma Gets an ‘F’ for Spelling," 19 Aug. 2018 But a tax-law goof put White Castle in a pickle, and the company is postponing some of those projects as the retail, restaurant and commercial-real-estate industries push Congress to correct an inadvertent omission. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Four Words Missing in the New Tax Law Give Restaurants Heartburn," 10 July 2018 Why wasn’t that snippy Mi Kyong being asked to stay after all her goof-ups? Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 If Fultz ultimately represents Colangelo’s biggest basketball goof here – surpassing the preposterous contract awarded Robert Covington – then those left behind can rectify it without suffering the blowback themselves. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Do the Sixers need to draft a replacement for Markelle Fultz? | Bob Ford," 20 June 2018 Getty Images Still, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did goof off a bit at their wedding too. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "See Harry and Meghan's Official Royal Wedding Portrait," 21 May 2018 Did the Kansas Attorney General's Office goof up by naming a nonexistent defendant? Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Judge dismisses one Schlitterbahn criminal charge after mistake by prosecution," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bloopers also feature Ariana's friends including Colleen Ballinger and Troye Sivan goofing off. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande Releases 'Thank U, Next' Bloopers, and They're Even Funnier Than the Video," 4 Jan. 2019 However, Gang Beasts is best when goofing off with friends during a party. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The 13 best games for your new PC," 26 Dec. 2018 So many amazing memories of goofing around, breaking news, and everything in between. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'RHONY' Star Carole Radziwill Finally Addresses Those 'View' Rumors," 20 Aug. 2018 However, the speculation was promptly shut down after fans spotted the duo traveling together, and after Hemsworth shared an Instagram video of him and Cyrus goofing around in the car. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Might Not Ever Marry—But They're Still Engaged," 6 Aug. 2018 Gomez posed for several selfies and goofed off with attendees, many of the teens and young adults who are currently in treatment for cancer or have completed treatment at the SoCal facility. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Hit the Dance Floor to Surprise CHOC's Oncology Prom," 24 June 2018 In other photos from the event, Hyland and Adams are clearly goofing around and having a blast. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Shares an Adorable, Supportive Photo of Himself With Sarah Hyland," 13 Dec. 2018 McCormick shared photos of the cast goofing off on set, just like old times. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "'The Brady Bunch' Cast Has Some Serious Plans for Renovating Their Old TV House," 8 Nov. 2018 One clip shows the model goofing around with one of his friends in a Pikachu onesie, and another shows her dancing around with her friend Fanny Bourdette-Donon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Went Instagram Official with the Sweetest Video," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of goof

Noun

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1932, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for goof

Noun

probably alteration of English dialect goff simpleton

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The first known use of goof was in 1915

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goof

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US, informal
: a silly or stupid person
: a careless or stupid mistake

goof

verb

English Language Learners Definition of goof (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : to make a careless or stupid mistake : to make a goof

goof

noun
\ ˈgüf \

Kids Definition of goof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stupid or silly person

goof

verb
goofed; goofing

Kids Definition of goof (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to spend time foolishly He goofed off instead of studying.
2 : to spend time doing silly or playful things They spend the weekend goofing around.
3 : to make a blunder

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