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

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 Watch Francis and Alesso goof around in the clip below. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Alesso & Dillon Francis Share Hilarious 'One Deeper' Interview: Watch," 25 June 2018 Instead of paperwork completed after a trip, American Airlines ’ third-generation handhelds can submit all kinds of reports, from catering goofs to onboard incidents, says Jill Surdek, vice president for flight service. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What the Airline Knows About the Guy in Seat 14C," 20 June 2018 For Maddon and Martinez, together a decade, this isn't a goof. Thomas Boswell, chicagotribune.com, "After bold, bland and cool, the Nationals' new manager says let's have fun," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On July 2, Jessica posted a Day 1 production photo to her Instagram, showing the core cast of actors goofing around during a table read. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""It: Chapter 2" Adds New Cast Member Taylor Frey as Gay Character Don Hagerty," 11 July 2018 In an interview during Winter Music Conference in Miami with Professional Rockstars and Ministry of Sound TV, Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello and Laidback are shown goofing around, talking about electro house and their upcoming collaboration. David Rishty, Billboard, "The History of Swedish House Mafia: A Timeline," 30 Mar. 2018 The responsible-looking page boy (who tried to keep a straight face as Tom Pettifer goofed around) is the son of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, former private secretary to William and Prince George’s godfather. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Remember the Flower Girl Who Stole Will and Kate's Wedding? Find Out Where She Is Now!," 8 May 2018 Before, during, and after the games the idea is to keep things loose, so guys are always goofing around, making up games, filling time. Peter King, SI.com, "Why One Home Run That Barry Zito Gave Up in College Now Stands Above the Rest," 13 Feb. 2018 Patti Smith, Dickerson's first inspiration, let Smoke open for her in Atlanta, which provides the film with a satisfying climax, yet the talking/singing/playing/goofing-off heads that precede this apotheosis are just as watchable (and listenable). Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Comedy / Film / LGBTQ+ / Music / On Video Chicago Underground Film Festival at 25: A look back," 4 June 2018 Another off-season perk: the town‘s slate of talented chefs have the time to goof around with summer ingredients. Alison Humes, WSJ, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 28 June 2018 Brown and Newton shared videos of them on a football field, on the beach, in the gym and of just them goofing around. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Antonio Brown and Cam Newton enjoy working out together in NFL offseason," 27 June 2018 After goofing around her kitchen, the filmmaker blows herself up. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Music goes multimedia, but why? Three concerts point the way," 25 Apr. 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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Phrases Related to goof

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goof

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a silly or stupid person

: a careless or stupid mistake

goof

verb

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

: 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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