\ ˈgüf How to pronounce goof (audio) \

Definition of goof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a silly or stupid person


goofed; goofing; goofs

Definition of goof (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to spend time idly or foolishly usually used with offgoofing off instead of working
b : to engage in playful activity usually used with aroundgoofing around after school
2 : to make a usually foolish or careless mistake : blunder often used with up

transitive verb

: to make a mess of : bungle usually used with upgoofed up the assignment
goof on
: to make fun of : kid, put on you're goofing on me, right?

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Examples of goof in a Sentence

Noun Don't be such a goof. I'll admit it's my goof. I made a major goof. Verb It was clear that someone had goofed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Join former Saturday Night Live cast member and homegrown Cincinnati native Luke Null for a night of musical comedy, stories and goofs. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Oct. 21-27," 21 Oct. 2019 There was Cody, a tail-wagging goof of an English chocolate lab in for a check-up. Author: Rita Giordano, Anchorage Daily News, "Veterinarians — beset by stress, death and debt — are dying by suicide at high rates," 14 Oct. 2019 In our experience, this is a relatively simple but not totally goof-proof transaction. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "Picture frames: How to find the best companies and the best deals," 3 Sep. 2019 As the ringleader behind the male strippers, Brett McMahon is a likable enough goof-off. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘The Full Monty’: Fun can be enough | Review," 5 Aug. 2019 Some know him as one of the world's premiere DJs and producers, while others seem him as a goof with no shirt and long hair who throws cakes. Kat Bein, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned While Reading Steve Aoki's Memoir 'Blue: The Color of Noise'," 11 Sep. 2019 In the end, Güero — half-labrador, half-boxer, full-bodied goof — would pay for that folly. Elaine Ayala,, "Bidding adieu to a faithful, four-legged companion," 10 Sep. 2019 Now, the goof-punks with cute videos are having the last laugh. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A victory for Trump’s asylum ban," 12 Sep. 2019 Then the brothers goof around in the pool for a bit before settling on a challenge: rescuing a stuffed duck from inside the partially submerged shed as fast as possible. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "The Dobre brothers are trying to be the next Mister Rogers — if Mister Rogers rapped about being ‘lit’," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The romantic video features Swift and her fictional lover, played by backup dancer and musician Christian Owens, dancing and goofing off in a dollhouse within a snowglobe. Lauren Huff,, "Taylor Swift's 'Lover' music video is here, and it's so romantic," 22 Aug. 2019 The young men and some of their buddies had gone to Harriet Island to goof around and shoot off a handgun. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man sentenced to 180 days in jail for accidentally shooting cousin," 11 Sep. 2019 The series of photos, shared to Holland’s Instagram, show the pair goofing off and then, later, posing with each other’s Marvel action figures. Nick Romano,, "Tom Holland reunites with Robert Downey Jr. in pics as Spider-Man fate in flux," 23 Aug. 2019 Besides getting into shenanigans with Cole, Trinity goofs off with KJ on set. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Riverdale's Jellybean Talks On Set Pranks with Cole Sprouse and Her Memories of Luke Perry," 18 July 2019 Growing up, when other kids his age were goofing off with each other, the rapper born Darold Ferguson Jr. was instead shadowing his father, who owned a Harlem boutique and designed the iconic Bad Boy Records logo. Dan Hyman,, "ASAP Ferg has taken everything — rap music, fashion, hype — by storm," 12 July 2018 Cara posted group shots of herself and Ashley goofing off in a photo booth with Zoe, Sienna, Suki Waterhouse, Chloé Caillet, Alice Dellal. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Celebrated Her 26th Birthday with Ashley Benson and a Mermaid," 19 Aug. 2018 The film opens not in the mountains but at a big urban swimming pool, where a grown man is goofing around with an 8-year-old boy, simultaneously having fun and helping him learn to swim. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Three Peaks’ is not a peak experience," 2 Aug. 2019 From there, the duo has packed on the PDA, with King sharing photos of them kissing, goofing around, and spending holidays by each other’s side. Joelle Goldstein,, "Elle King Reveals She's Engaged to Her Boyfriend of 15 Months as She Shows Off Her Massive Ring," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of goof


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1932, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for goof


probably alteration of English dialect goff simpleton

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13 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for goof

The first known use of goof was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of goof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US, informal
: a silly or stupid person
: a careless or stupid mistake



English Language Learners Definition of goof (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : to make a careless or stupid mistake : to make a goof


\ ˈgüf How to pronounce goof (audio) \

Kids Definition of goof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stupid or silly person


goofed; goofing

Kids Definition of goof (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to spend time foolishly He goofed off instead of studying.
2 : to spend time doing silly or playful things They spend the weekend goofing around.
3 : to make a blunder

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