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-up

or goof·up

[goof-uhp]

noun Slang.

a person who habitually makes mistakes, spoils things, gets into trouble, etc., especially through carelessness or irresponsibility.
a mistake, blunder, malfunction, or the like.

Origin of goof-up

First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase goof up

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British Dictionary definitions for goof up

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 up
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Idioms and Phrases with goof up

goof up

Blunder, make a mistake, spoil. For example, I really goofed up and got all the dates wrong. This expression emerged in the military during World War II, along with the synonymous goof off. Quite often up is omitted, as in Sorry, I goofed. [Slang; c. 1940]

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