adjective, goof·i·er, goof·i·est. Slang.

ridiculous; silly; wacky; nutty: a goofy little hat.

Origin of goofy

First recorded in 1915–20; goof + -y1
Related formsgoof·i·ly, adverbgoof·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of goofy

  • Some goofy new gland, I suppose—or as you guessed, a mutational development.


    Vance Simonds

  • Brooks had just landed with his goofy student and was crawling out of his cockpit when he saw the ship hit.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (

  • He jumped back into his cockpit, gave his still idling motor the gun and took off, his goofy student still in the rear seat.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (

  • They looked so midwestern and goofy, and he gave them his wolfy smile—hello, little piggies, here to blow your house down.


    Cory Doctorow

  • If I keep doing all these goofy things for you, Ill never make commander.

British Dictionary definitions for goofy


adjective goofier or goofiest informal

foolish; silly; stupid
British (of teeth) sticking out; protruding
Derived Formsgoofily, adverbgoofiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goofy

1921, from goof + -y (2). The Disney character of that name began life c.1929 as Dippy Dawg.

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