Perhaps from dialectal English goff (“foolish clown”), from earlier goffe, in which case further etymology is uncertain.
Perhaps from Middle English goffen (“to speak in a frivolous manner”), possibly from Old English gaf, ġegaf (“base; wanton; lewd”, adj), ġegaf (“buffoonery; scurrility”, noun), gaffetung, golfettung (“buffoonery; mockery”). Compare English dialectal gauffin (“lightheaded; foolish; giddy”), Scots gaff, gawf (“to talk loudly; babble”), Scots gaffaw (“a loud laugh”).
Alternatively, perhaps from Middle French goffe (“awkward; stupid”). Compare also Spanish gofo, Italian goffo.
goof (plural goofs)
- (US, informal) A mistake or error.
- I made a goof in that last calculation.
- (US, cinematography, informal) An error made during production which finds its way into the final release.
- (US, Canada, MTE, informal) A foolish and/or silly person; a goofball.
- Your little brother is a total goof.
- (Canada, prison slang) A child molester.
- (error): blooper, boo-boo, error, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko
- See also Thesaurus:error
an error made during production which finds its way into the final release
a foolish person
- Bulgarian: глупак (bg) m (glupak)
- Danish: tumpe
- Finnish: tollo (fi), hölmö (fi)
- French: boulet (fr) m
- Italian: tonto (it) m, fuori di testa m
- Polish: bęcwał (pl) m
- Portuguese: bobo (pt) m, tonto (pt) m
- Russian: дура́к (ru) m (durák), ду́рень (ru) m (dúrenʹ), болва́н (ru) m (bolván), остоло́п (ru) m (ostolóp), тупи́ца (ru) m or f (tupíca), крети́н (ru) m (kretín), лох (ru) m (lox)
- Swedish: dummerjöns (sv) c, dummer (sv) c, jöns (sv) c, dumbom (sv) c, dumskalle (sv) c, fårskalle (sv) c, ärthjärna (sv) c, nöt (sv), träskalle (sv) c, pappskalle (sv) c, dumsnut (sv) c, knäppskalle (sv) c, tok (sv) c, dåre (sv) c, stolle (sv) c, knasboll (sv) c, knäppgök (sv) c, tjockskalle (sv), trindskalle (sv) c, blådåre (sv) c, pucko (sv) n
goof (third-person singular simple present goofs, present participle goofing, simple past and past participle goofed)
- (US) To make a mistake.
- It's my fault. I goofed.
- (US) To engage in mischief.
- Synonym: goof around
- We were just goofing by painting the neighbor's cat green.