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 Harbour is a brutish, beefy goofball still longing for his glory days as the Red Guardian; Weisz is the brains, a coolly analytical scientist with her hair tucked into Heidi braids. Leah Greenblatt,, 29 June 2021 To add insult to injury, NBC eventually replaced Leno in 2014 with a far less talented boyish goofball, Jimmy Fallon, who could never match the zany, brainy O’Brien on either silliness or smarts. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 Kerr was part culinary Mr. Rogers, part English dandy and part world-class goofball. Courtney Lichterman, Robb Report, 3 June 2021 Among them was Humpty Hump, the promiscuous goofball from D.U. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Blair is a world famous actress, someone with MS, a goofball, a beauty buff, a fashion plate, and a fierce mother. Keah Brown, Town & Country, 19 Apr. 2021 Natalie Lukasciewicz, Arquillo’s sister, described her brother as a fun goofball who loved to laugh but also as someone haunted by demons that drove him into addiction. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2021 Few Rockies in the franchise’s history have ever enjoyed a party more than Walker, the big goofball who wore a SpongeBob shirt on the day he was welcomed to Cooperstown. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 21 Jan. 2020 Silas is an irrepressible goofball, beloved by friends, teachers and coaches for his generosity and high spirits. Mike Peed, New York Times, 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of goofball

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jul 2021

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“Goofball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goofball

US, informal : a silly or stupid person


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