goof

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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from dialectal English goff ‎(foolish clown), from earlier goffe, further etymology uncertain.

Perhaps from Middle English goffen ‎(to speak in a frivolous manner), possibly from Old English gaf, ġegaf ‎(base; wanton; lewd, adj), Old English 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, Ancient Greek γόμφος ‎(gómphos).

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Noun[edit]

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 slang) 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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