- a person who habitually shirks work or responsibility; idler.
Origin of goof-off
- 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
Related Words for goof-offwaster, wanderer, malingerer, slouch, lazybones, good-for-nothing, wastrel, idler, deadbeat, do-nothing, slacker, sluggard, shirker, beachcomber, lounger, goof-off, sponger, loafer, dodger
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Contemporary Examples of goof-off
He plays a goof-off New York City cop in the show, which will air before New Girl on Tuesday nights.Andy Samberg and Lonely Island Move On From ‘Saturday Night Live’
June 11, 2013
- 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
"waste time," 1932; "make a mistake," 1941, from goof (n.). Goof off "loaf" is also from 1941. Related: Goofed; goofing.
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.