- 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.
goof definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a stupid, silly, or credulous person
- a mistake; blunder
Origin: probably ; 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
goof definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- An incompetent, foolish, or stupid person.
- A careless mistake; a slip.
- 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.
To spoil, as through clumsiness; bungle. Usually used with up: goof up a job.
Origin: Possibly alteration of dialectal goff, fool, from obsolete French goffe, stupid.
goof - Phrases/Idioms
to make a mess of, as by ineptness; bungle