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Origin of goof

1915–20; apparently variant of obsolete goff dolt <Middle French goffe awkward, stupid
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How to use goof in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for goof

goof
/ (ɡuːf) informal /

noun
a foolish error or mistake
a stupid person
verb
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

C20: probably from (dialect) goff simpleton, from Old French goffe clumsy, from Italian goffo, of obscure origin
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