Nearby words

  1. goody two-shoes,
  2. goody-goody,
  3. goodyear,
  4. goodyear, charles,
  5. gooey,
  6. goof on,
  7. goof up,
  8. goof-off,
  9. goof-up,
  10. goofball

Origin of goof

1915–20; apparently variant of obsolete goff dolt < Middle French goffe awkward, stupid

goof-off

[goof-awf, -of]

noun Slang.

a person who habitually shirks work or responsibility; idler.

Origin of goof-off

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase goof off

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British Dictionary definitions for goof off

goof

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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Word Origin and History for goof off
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