goof·​ball | \ ˈgüf-ˌbȯl How to pronounce goofball (audio) \

Definition of goofball

1 slang : a barbiturate sleeping pill
2 : a goofy person

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Most of the show is making fun of country music and running around like a goofball. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Eighth Grade’ director Bo Burnham is happy that a lot of people ‘have no idea who I am’," 30 July 2018 The result is an effects-laden goofball comedy in which anything goes and nothing matters. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 The Ant-Man pictures—first the 2015 Ant-Man and now Ant-Man and the Wasp, both starring Paul Rudd as a low-key goofball who’s a dad first and a superhero second—are the most casual and affable of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe products. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp Has Stakes as Small as Its Superheroes But It’s Hard to Dislike," 3 July 2018 Once on the ground, the goofball somersaults away from the ladder, only to grab the bottom at the last second and climb up again to meet the friend who abandoned it in its time of need. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "WATCH: Panda Cub Fails at Climbing Ladder While Still Being Completely Adorable," 23 Sep. 2015 O’Neal and Howard were goofballs throughout most of their Magic tenures, but Bamba found a way to subtly intersperse his humor on Friday. Josh Robbins,, "Mohamed Bamba dazzles during introductory press conference," 23 June 2018 Frequent Lamb’s hand Manny Fernandes, in particular, is endlessly entertaining as the goofball music-shop proprietor Billy, whose martial-arts skills are on a par with his (subpar) success with the ladies. James Hebert,, "'Once' is a singularly memorable musical trip at Lamb's Players Theatre," 9 June 2018 Primarily, Chip was there to shoot some motivational clips that will air during football season, but the lovable goofball also didn't skip out on the opportunity to brush up on his football skills. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "This Video of Chip Gaines Visiting Baylor Football Practice Proves He Is the Ultimate Jokester," 23 Aug. 2016 Meanwhile, anyone craving something a little more lighthearted should check out bass guitar wizard and irrepressible goofball Thundercat (5 p.m.). Terence Cawley,, "Too many choices at Boston Calling? Here’s some help.," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of goofball

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of goofball

US, informal : a silly or stupid person

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