This man's a goof.
- The definition of a goof is a silly person, or an accidental mistake.
- An example of a goof is a person that makes jokes all the time and can't be serious.
- An example of a goof is when a book is printed with an typo on the cover.
- To goof is defined as to make a mistake, or to do something to waste time, usually used with "up" or "off."
- Make a cake without adding eggs is an example of to goof while baking.
- Looking around on the Internet instead of finishing a paper is an example of goof; goof off.
- a stupid, silly, or credulous person
- a mistake; blunder
Origin of goofprobably from dialect, dialectal goff from French goffe, stupid from Italian goffo
- to make a mistake; blunder, fail, etc.: often with up
- to waste time, shirk one's duties, etc.: usually with off or around
- a. A playful, silly, or outlandish person.b. An incompetent, foolish, or stupid person.
- A careless mistake; a slip.
verbgoofed, goof·ing, goofs
- To make a silly mistake; blunder: goofed up by turning right instead of left.
- To waste or kill time: goofed around at the mall.
- To tease or make fun of someone: goofed on her younger brother.
Origin of goofPossibly alteration of dialectal goff fool from obsolete French goffe stupid
(third-person singular simple present goofs, present participle goofing, simple past and past participle goofed)
- (US) To make a mistake.
- It's my fault: I goofed.
- (US) To engage in mischief.
- We were just goofing by painting the neighbors cat green.
Perhaps from dialectal English goff (“foolish clown”), from early modern English goffen.