goofball

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

goof +‎ ball

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

goofball (plural goofballs)

  1. (informal, derogatory) A foolish or silly person.
    If that goofball would put half the effort into her studies as she does into her juggling, she might do very well.
  2. (informal) A pill or tablet containing a pharmaceutical which has hypnotic or intoxicating effects, especially a barbiturate.
    • 1953 April 27, "Capsules," Time:
      Strong Cobb & Co. of Cleveland announced a new barbiturate which in overlarge doses will turn the stomachs of "goofball" addicts and would-be suicides.

Adjective[edit]

goofball (not comparable)

  1. Silly.
    He announced, with his usual goofball humor, that he'd like to marry me!

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