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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Like Barney, the Wiggles are still a thing, and, although most of their names have changed (see: Shirley Shawn the Unicorn), the eternally smiling and singing goofballs are, amazingly, most kids’ first connection to down under. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "Family fun in Philadelphia: Dinosaurs on the Parkway, zipline at the zoo, JoJo Siwa, Apollo 11 festivities, Cirque," 5 June 2019 Check out the complete video below and catch these goofballs in Booksmart, which hits theaters on May 24. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The "Booksmart" Cast Plays Teen Vogue's "I Dare You"," 24 May 2019 As a complete goofball who is easily distracted, I’m drawn to Moore’s composure and hope to soak it up a little bit through YouTube osmosis. Hannah Chenoweth, SELF, "The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels I Discovered While Practicing Yoga at Home for 6 Years," 5 May 2019 All that really matters is for good-natured goofball Scott Lang (Rudd) to serve out the remaining three days of his house arrest without lapsing back into his superhero guise. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 Seven is the Siberian husky, the derpy lovable goofball. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "most popular dog breeds on Instagram," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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