- 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
Examples from the Web for goofed
“I goofed,” he said, when I asked why he delayed the referral.Public-School Children Cheated by Perverse Performance Pay Incentives
April 1, 2013
Normally a fashion savant, Lopez goofed with a too-sexy bodysuit at the American Music Awards last night.Jennifer Lopez’s Fashion Blunder at American Music Awards
November 21, 2011
He challenged me a lot on The Gangster Squad because we just sort of goofed around on Crazy, Stupid, Love.Emma Stone On ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ Andrew Garfield, & More
June 26, 2012
Everything had gone perfectly; not even Valkanhayn's gang had goofed.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
That must have been a build-up, but Ben goofed his cue to move in on Sco and me for a close.The Real Hard Sell
William W Stuart
Let them think they goofed with the shuttles and hit you and Chris.Badge of Infamy
Lester del Rey
"We—uh—realize we goofed yesterday on that beach party," Tom said sheepishly.Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung
"Somebody must have goofed bad on the Far Side, for it to miss orbit like that," Ramos grated.The Planet Strappers
Raymond Zinke Gallun
- 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 and History for goofed
"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.