Perhaps from dialectal English goff (“foolish clown”), from early modern English goffen, itself perhaps a borrowing through French, ultimately via Vulgar Latin *gumphus from Ancient Greek γόμφος (gómphos). If so, this would connect Spanish gofo and Italian goffo as cognates.
goof (plural goofs)
- (US) A mistake or error,
- I made a goof in that last calculation.
- (US, cinematography) An error made during production which finds its way into the final release.
- (US) A foolish and/or silly person; a goofball.
- Your little brother is a total goof.
- (prison jargon) A child molester.
- (error): blooper, boo-boo, error, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko
- See also Wikisaurus:error
- (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.
- See also Wikisaurus:make a mistake