goofer

noun (1)
goof·​er | \ ˈgüfə(r)\
plural -s

Definition of goofer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: goof had a considerable understanding of goofers because … he was a little goofy himself— Esther Forbes

goofer

noun (2)
goo·​fer | \ "\
variants: or less commonly guffer \ ˈgəfə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of goofer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a traditional conjurer or healer among blacks of the southern U.S. especially : a voodoo doctor
2 : a curse or spell put the goofer on us— J. S. Redding

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History and Etymology for goofer

Noun (1)

goof entry 1 + -er

Noun (2)

of African origin; akin to Mende ngafa spirit, ghost, Ewe ga3fe3 shrine of a god, Fon kafo iron fetish

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