Origin of goof-off
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of goof
Examples from the Web for 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’|Kevin Fallon|June 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.