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

In the end, Güero — half-labrador, half-boxer, full-bodied goof — would pay for that folly. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Bidding adieu to a faithful, four-legged companion," 10 Sep. 2019 Now, the goof-punks with cute videos are having the last laugh. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A victory for Trump’s asylum ban," 12 Sep. 2019 Then the brothers goof around in the pool for a bit before settling on a challenge: rescuing a stuffed duck from inside the partially submerged shed as fast as possible. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "The Dobre brothers are trying to be the next Mister Rogers — if Mister Rogers rapped about being ‘lit’," 25 July 2019 An adult goof-off goes back to elementary school in order to run his father’s company. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 That’s because those goofs typically give read permission to interlopers, but not the ability to write code. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Hack Brief: A Card-Skimming Hacker Group Hit 17K Domains—and Counting," 11 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The romantic video features Swift and her fictional lover, played by backup dancer and musician Christian Owens, dancing and goofing off in a dollhouse within a snowglobe. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Taylor Swift's 'Lover' music video is here, and it's so romantic," 22 Aug. 2019 The young men and some of their buddies had gone to Harriet Island to goof around and shoot off a handgun. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man sentenced to 180 days in jail for accidentally shooting cousin," 11 Sep. 2019 The series of photos, shared to Holland’s Instagram, show the pair goofing off and then, later, posing with each other’s Marvel action figures. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Tom Holland reunites with Robert Downey Jr. in pics as Spider-Man fate in flux," 23 Aug. 2019 Besides getting into shenanigans with Cole, Trinity goofs off with KJ on set. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Riverdale's Jellybean Talks On Set Pranks with Cole Sprouse and Her Memories of Luke Perry," 18 July 2019 Growing up, when other kids his age were goofing off with each other, the rapper born Darold Ferguson Jr. was instead shadowing his father, who owned a Harlem boutique and designed the iconic Bad Boy Records logo. Dan Hyman, chicagotribune.com, "ASAP Ferg has taken everything — rap music, fashion, hype — by storm," 12 July 2018 Cara posted group shots of herself and Ashley goofing off in a photo booth with Zoe, Sienna, Suki Waterhouse, Chloé Caillet, Alice Dellal. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Celebrated Her 26th Birthday with Ashley Benson and a Mermaid," 19 Aug. 2018 The film opens not in the mountains but at a big urban swimming pool, where a grown man is goofing around with an 8-year-old boy, simultaneously having fun and helping him learn to swim. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Three Peaks’ is not a peak experience," 2 Aug. 2019 From there, the duo has packed on the PDA, with King sharing photos of them kissing, goofing around, and spending holidays by each other’s side. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Elle King Reveals She's Engaged to Her Boyfriend of 15 Months as She Shows Off Her Massive Ring," 4 July 2019

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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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