[ goof-awf, -of ]
/ ˈgufˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun Slang.

a person who habitually shirks work or responsibility; idler.

Nearby words

  1. goodyear, charles,
  2. gooey,
  3. goof,
  4. goof on,
  5. goof up,
  6. goof-up,
  7. goofball,
  8. goofiness,
  9. goofus,
  10. goofy

Origin of goof-off

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

Origin of goof

1915–20; apparently variant of obsolete goff dolt < Middle French goffe awkward, stupid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for goof-off

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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