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[goo-fee] /ˈgu fi/
adjective, goofier, goofiest. Slang.
ridiculous; silly; wacky; nutty:
a goofy little hat.
Origin of goofy
First recorded in 1915-20; goof + -y1
Related forms
goofily, adverb
goofiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Some goofy new gland, I suppose—or as you guessed, a mutational development.

    Telempathy Vance Simonds
  • Brooks had just landed with his goofy student and was crawling out of his cockpit when he saw the ship hit.

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
  • He jumped back into his cockpit, gave his still idling motor the gun and took off, his goofy student still in the rear seat.

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
  • They looked so midwestern and goofy, and he gave them his wolfy smile—hello, little piggies, here to blow your house down.


    Cory Doctorow
  • If I keep doing all these goofy things for you, Ill never make commander.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
British Dictionary definitions for goofy


adjective (informal) goofier, goofiest
foolish; silly; stupid
(Brit) (of teeth) sticking out; protruding
Derived Forms
goofily, adverb
goofiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for goofy

1921, from goof + -y (2). The Disney character of that name began life c.1929 as Dippy Dawg.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for goofy



Silly; foolish; crazy; dotty •Nearly always has an affectionate and amused connotation: a goofy grin/ a goofy awkward kid/ And he looked, well, goofy (1921+)

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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