Origin of gooberfrom Kongo nguba
nounChiefly Southern US
- See peanut.
- A yokel; a bumpkin.
- A foolish or silly person.
- A gob of phlegm.
Origin of gooberOf Bantu origin Kongo or Kimbundu n-guba Word History: Most Southerners recognize the terms goober and goober pea as other names for the peanut. Goober originates among the Bantu languages and is akin to the word meaning “peanut” in the Kongo and Kimbundu languages, n-guba. This regionalism is one of a small stock of words that entered American English from the languages spoken by the Africans who were enslaved and brought to the Americas during the 1600s and 1700s. Many of these words of African origin have to do with foods. Gumbo, for example, is also of Bantu origin—it is related to such words as Tshiluba ki-ngumbo, “okra.” (In some regional varieties of English in the South, gumbo can still mean simply “okra” in addition to “thick okra stew.”) Yam originates among the languages of West Africa, and it may be akin to Wolof ñam, meaning “food” and “to eat” or to Bambara ñambu, “manioc.” The English word cooter probably comes from the Mande languages—the Bambara and Malinke word for a turtle, for example, is kuta. Cooter is still used in South Carolina, Georgia, and the Gulf states to denote the edible freshwater turtle of the genus Chrysemys and, by extension, other turtles and tortoises.
From Kongo nguba (“peanut”).
- I am not making the connection between your sexless marriage and the man in your office who you refer to as 'goober'.
- Perhaps the real reason Mr. Goober is getting attention from the women in the office, is that he is a nice man.
- You blame the 'goober' for the lack of attention you are receiving from the other women in your office.
- Recently a goober IT guy just got promoted and all the women go crazy over him.
- I used to feel attraction from these women until this new goober.