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

Definition of goofball

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

Examples of goofball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Out comes a glimpse of the goofball behind Hugh Jackman’s star persona. Peter Debruge, Variety, 7 Sep. 2022 Take a step away from this mutually agreed upon reality and become a goofball. Alex Wagner, SPIN, 1 Sep. 2022 Christopher Bugembe, 37, who family members remembered as a silver-tongued goofball who took big swings for his six children, was killed in a north side shooting July 22 that also took the life of Valentino I. Stokes, 41. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 9 Aug. 2022 Adorable Daisy is as cute as her name suggests and an even bigger goofball than her picture shows. The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2022 Mark, played by Adam Scott, is the lovable goofball, sort of the middle child in the family trying to hold everyone together. Dan Erickson, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2022 Weaving in and out of this is NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan), a Chechen gangster who is truly one of the best and most original TV characters in memory, thanks in large part to Carrigan's goofball, big-hearted performance. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Kenedi Anderson, whose platinum-ticket-winning audition has gone viral on YouTube with over 4.8 million views, also made it through, as did soulful security officer Fritz Hager, lovable goofball Leah Marlene, powerhouse belter Nicolina and more. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 Tom’s reaction to his mother’s new focus carries the barest whiff of melancholy — just enough to suggest there might be something deeper and sadder simmering beneath his genial goofball persona. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goofball

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Sep 2022

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“Goofball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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