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 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 The big Super-Brit was a deadpan delight in the goofball spyfest The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and a brilliantly looming tower in the most recent Mission: Impossible. Darren Franich,, "Netflix's The Witcher is nakedly terrible: Review," 20 Dec. 2019 Along with his blocking and pass catching, voters should recognize what Kittle brings to the team with his goofball spirit. Scott Ostler,, "49ers fans: Don’t sweat the playoff seeding," 9 Dec. 2019 Photo: Marius Brugge) Judah Friedlander specializes in making salient points about hot-button topics, in a goofball sort of way. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'30 Rock' star to perform in Detroit, cover issues 'nobody wants to talk about'," 4 Dec. 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 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of goofball

US, informal : a silly or stupid person

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