goof

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Perhaps from dialectal English goff (foolish clown), from early modern English goffen.

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goof (plural goofs)

  1. (US) A mistake or error,
    I made a goof in that last calculation.
    1. (US, cinematography) An error made during production which finds its way into the final release.
  2. (US) A foolish and/or silly person; a goofball.
    Your little brother is a total goof.
  3. (prison jargon) A child molester.

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goof (third-person singular simple present goofs, present participle goofing, simple past and past participle goofed)

  1. (US) To make a mistake.
    It's my fault: I goofed.
  2. (US) To engage in mischief.
    We were just goofing by painting the neighbors cat green.

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