goof·​ball ˈgüf-ˌbȯl How to pronounce goofball (audio)
slang : a barbiturate sleeping pill
: a goofy person

Examples of goofball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ryan Gosling is a wonderfully expressive goofball in The Fall Guy. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 3 May 2024 In a world of goofballs, Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) and Steve (Campbell Scott) seem like adults. Sam Anderson, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Jennifer Lawrence stars in this bawdy Sony comedy, about a 30-something goofball hired to seduce a naïve 19-year-old boy. Devan Coggan,, 22 June 2023 Magnussen is fun as a character both spoiled and long-suffering; Arturo Castro is funny as a goofball biker who’s always the last to be let in on the gang’s plans. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 As for Walsh, the man remains a wildly entertaining goofball who also happens to be an amazing guitarist. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 21 Jan. 2024 But the best story of all was Maryanne, and watching this delightful goofball evolve into a cutthroat champion was truly thrilling, lifting Survivor 42 into the top 20. 23. Dalton Ross,, 22 Dec. 2023 And although the Coens have put more than a few luminous heroines on-screen—think Fargo or True Grit—Jamie and Marian are the kind of appreciably flawed, semi-charmed goofballs that are usually written as men in the brothers’ capers. David Sims, The Atlantic, 21 Feb. 2024 Kangaroo Jack This goofball dog makes new people smile with his floppy ears and puppy dog eyes. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goofball was in 1950

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Cite this Entry

“Goofball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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