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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Recent Examples on the Web Silas is an irrepressible goofball, beloved by friends, teachers and coaches for his generosity and high spirits. Mike Peed, New York Times, "Pride at the Plate for a Little League All-Star," 1 May 2020 One chaotic couple, sultry Canadian influencer Francesca and super-tall Australian goofball Harry, violate rules with a selfishness that borders on sociopathy. Judy Berman, Time, "Too Hot to Handle," 16 Apr. 2020 The Beastie Boys were cemented as goofball artists and one heck of a band. cleveland, "90 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs of the 1990s," 29 Apr. 2020 Everything about this real-life scandal is seemingly made for TV, from the goofball FBI agent who investigated the scam to the cartoonish criminal ring. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The best new TV shows of 2020, so far, from 'Cheer' to 'Star Trek: Picard'," 27 Feb. 2020 Saul brought heat, with goofball and/or monstrous, teeming imagery that makes sensation a means and an end in itself. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The In-Your-Face Paintings of Peter Saul," 10 Feb. 2020 On land, seals may at times seem like bumbling, blubbery goofballs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dazzling Display of Seals Wins Underwater Photographer of the Year Award," 25 Feb. 2020 But in contrast to Winston’s athleticism, the twins are clumsy, cuddly little goofballs with a lot of growing up to do. Washington Post, "Scientists have come up with a better way to convert your dog’s age to human years," 28 Nov. 2019 Millar went on to become the designated goofball at MLB Network. Paul Sullivan,, "Don’t discount Gabe Kapler’s chances with the Cubs, while Dusty Baker keeps chasing that elusive title," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of goofball

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goofball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of goofball

US, informal : a silly or stupid person

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