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noun (1)

plural -s
: goof
had a considerable understanding of goofers because … he was a little goofy himselfEsther Forbes


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noun (2)

variants or less commonly guffer
plural -s
chiefly Southern US and African American English : a traditional conjurer or healer
especially : a voodoo doctor
: a curse or spell
put the goofer on usJ. S. Redding

Word History


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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“Goofer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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