- to blunder; make an error, misjudgment, etc.
- to waste or kill time; evade work or responsibility (often followed by off or around): Exam week is not a time to goof off. We goofed around till train time.
- to spoil or make a mess of (something); botch; bungle (often followed by up): You really goofed up the job.
- a foolish or stupid person.
- a mistake or blunder, especially one due to carelessness.
- a source of fun or cause for amusement: We short-sheeted his bunk just for a goof.
- goof on, Slang. to tease, ridicule, or mock; make fun of.
Origin of goof
Examples from the Web for goof
Contemporary Examples of goof
“She sort of plays the goof a little bit and he plays off her,” says Clemente.Bright Future for Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly, Election Night Star
November 12, 2012
Preceding Die Antwoord, Lakers star Ron Artest joined Kimmel, and demonstrated how to do a hoax, or an act, or a goof, badly.Too Explicit for YouTube
October 21, 2010
And on Tuesday, admissions director Mae Brown apologized for the goof, calling it an “administrative error.”So, Who Got In This Year?
April 2, 2009
Historical Examples of goof
It was the external field around the hull that had decided to goof off this time.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
He didnt know which way to turn, because he didnt know which way the goof was going to pull up.Test Pilot
David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What kind of psionic force would it take to make so many people in the United States goof up the way they were doing?Occasion for Disaster
Gordon Randall Garrett
Or was p. 39 this all goof ball sentiment in his own mind, to make himself feel real modest?The Planet Strappers
Raymond Zinke Gallun
- a foolish error or mistake
- a stupid person
- to bungle (something); botch
- (intr; often foll by about or around) to fool (around); mess (about)
- (tr) to dope with drugs
- (intr often foll by off) US and Canadian to waste time; idle
Word Origin for goof
1916, American English, "stupid person," perhaps a variant of English dialect goff "foolish clown" (1869), from 16c. goffe, probably from Middle French goffe "awkward, stupid," of uncertain origin. Or English goffe may be from Middle English goffen "speak in a frivolous manner," possibly from Old English gegaf "buffoonery," and gaffetung "scolding." Sense of "a blunder" is c.1954, probably influenced by gaffe.
"waste time," 1932; "make a mistake," 1941, from goof (n.). Goof off "loaf" is also from 1941. Related: Goofed; goofing.