goof

noun
\ ˈgüf How to pronounce goof (audio) \

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

Our biggest goof: Using a power sander without a vacuum attachment. Jourdan Fairchild, House Beautiful, "I Renovated My Fireplace After Watching Hours of YouTube, and This is What You Should Know," 12 June 2019 Bill Murray and Adam Driver goof on reanimation in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. Kyle Smith, National Review, "If Hipsters Became Zombies, Could We Tell the Difference?," 11 June 2019 Telltale may be nearly gone for good, but its spirit lives on through the people that made its games — and its goofs. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Former Telltale devs share the best goofs you never saw," 29 Sep. 2018 Ranking the gags and meta-jokes in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Sisyphean task, but there is one undeniably good goof for Christmas: the holiday record teased in the film. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Into the Spider-Verse Christmas album is real and streamable," 24 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instagram Stories tagged there include videos of visitors goofing off on a tour, a woman smiling on a swing, a man making funny faces into his front-facing lens. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "There’s Nothing Wrong With Posing for Photos at Chernobyl," 12 June 2019 Photographer Daniel Hastings shot the group at a Greenwich photo studio, toking and goofing. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 2019 We were stuck in the car together for an hour goofing off and singing. Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 The brothas just run with it and start goofing off like in their Nickelodeon days. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Drake & Josh Reunite to Sing Drake Bell's New Song and Learn Spanish," 4 Feb. 2019 Angeline still has a video up on her IG of her and Noah goofing around back in November of 2016. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Are "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" Stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo Dating?," 24 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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 How to pronounce goof (audio) \

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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