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goof

noun \ ˈgüf \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of goof

1 :a silly or stupid person
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.

Recent Examples of goof from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of goof

probably alteration of English dialect goff simpleton


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goof

verb

Definition of goof

intransitive verb
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
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?

Examples of goof in a Sentence

  1. It was clear that someone had goofed.

Recent Examples of goof from the Web

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First Known Use of goof

1932



GOOF Defined for English Language Learners

goof

noun

Definition of goof for English Language Learners

  • : a silly or stupid person

  • : a careless or stupid mistake


goof

verb

Definition of goof for English Language Learners

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


GOOF Defined for Kids

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goof

noun \ ˈgüf \

Definition of goof for Students

1 :a stupid or silly person

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goof

verb

Definition of goof for Students

goofed; goofing
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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