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noun Slang.
  1. an extremely incompetent, eccentric, or silly person.
  2. a pill containing a barbiturate or a tranquilizing drug.
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Origin of goofball

First recorded in 1935–40; goof + ball1
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Related Words for goofball

fool, weirdo, jerk, techie, oaf, dolt, goober, dweeb, goofball, dork, clod, donkey, dunce, blunderer, butterfingers, klutz, bonehead, idiot, butcher, botcher

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noun US and Canadian slang
  1. a barbiturate sleeping pill
  2. a fool
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Word Origin and History for goofball


"narcotic," 1938, from goof + ball (n.1); as an intensive of goof (n.), it dates from 1959.

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goofball in Medicine


  1. A barbiturate or tranquilizer in the form of a pill, especially when taken for nonmedical purposes.
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