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[goo-fuh s] /ˈgu fəs/
noun, plural goofuses. Slang.
a foolish, stupid, or inept person.
Compare doofus. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary definitions for goofus

pressed glass to which brightly colored paint has been applied but is not later fired in a furnace

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Slang definitions & phrases for goofus



  1. thingamajig (1940s+)
  2. A small calli -ope (1915+ Circus)
  3. A saxophone-shaped, breath-operated reed instrument with a keyboard covering two octaves, intended as an easy aid to the musically uneducated •The name may have been given by the jazz saxophonist Adrian Rollini, who led a group called The Goofus Five, featuring the instrument; it was originally known as the Couesnophone after the French manufacturer Couesnon et Compagnie (mid-1920s+)
  4. stupid person; dimwit, dope, spazz: The networks always remind me of slow-witted goofuses squatting out there in the L A glare (1918+)
  5. A rural person; naive spectator; easy mark (1920+ Circus & carnival)
  6. Tasteless and meretricious material or entertainment designed for the unsophisticated (1950s+ Show business)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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