[ goof ]
/ guf /
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of goof
1915–20; apparently variant of obsolete goff dolt < Middle French goffe awkward, stupid
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Definition for goof off (2 of 2)
[ goof-awf, -of ]
/ ˈgufˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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
/ (ɡuːf) informal /
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
C20: probably from (dialect) goff simpleton, from Old French goffe clumsy, from Italian goffo, of obscure origin
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