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goof

1. verb To make a blunder or mistake. Boy, I really goofed on that math problem. How did I get a negative number as my answer?
2. verb To use drugs recreationally. I don't think you realize how dangerous it is to goof like you're doing.
3. verb To lose control of one's body (as by slobbering) due to heroin usage. He's goofing now—how much smack did you give him?
4. noun A blunder or mistake. Boy, I really made a goof on that math problem. How did I get a negative number as my answer?
5. noun One who is prone to silly behavior. Hey, you goofs in the back row need to calm down and be quiet!

goof off

1. verb To waste time with someone or something. Quit goofing off and get to work on your book report already, Scotty!
2. noun One who is apt to waste time and fool around. The phrase is usually hyphenated in this usage. Hey, you goof-offs in the back row need to calm down and be quiet!
See also: goof, off

goof on (someone or something)

To mock or tease someone. Sarah's a very sensitive kid, so don't goof on her.
See also: goof, on

goof around

to act silly. The kids were all goofing around, waiting for the bus. Stop goofing around!
See also: around, goof

goof off

to waste time. John is always goofing off. Quit goofing off and get to work!
See also: goof, off

goof on someone

Inf. to tease or kid someone. I don't believe you. I think you're just goofing on me.
See also: goof, on

goof someone or something up

Inf. to mess someone or something up; to ruin someone's plans; to make something nonfunctional. Who goofed this machine up? Who goofed up the machine?
See also: goof, up

goof up (on something)

Inf. to make an error with something; to blunder while doing something. Please don't goof up on this job. If you goof up one more time, you're finished.
See also: goof, up

goofed (up)

 
1. Inf. messed up; out of order. All my papers are goofed up. Everything on my desk is goofed. Who's been here?
2. Inf. confused; distraught. I'm sort of goofed up today. I think I'm coming down with something. I was up too late last night, and now I'm all goofed up.
See also: goof

goof on

Make fun of, mock, as in He was always goofing on his little brother. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: goof, on

goof up

Blunder, make a mistake, spoil. For example, I really goofed up and got all the dates wrong. This expression emerged in the military during World War II, along with the synonymous goof off. Quite often up is omitted, as in Sorry, I goofed. [Slang; c. 1940]
See also: goof, up

goof around

v.
To act foolishly, playfully, or without a clear sense of purpose: The students who goofed around all semester failed the course.
See also: around, goof

goof off

v.
To waste time, especially by acting foolishly or frivolously: The students spent their free time goofing off instead of working on the project.
See also: goof, off

goof up

v.
1. To make a mistake, especially out of confusion or ignorance: You really goofed up by not telling your parents you were leaving. I didn't follow the instructions for the job carefully, so I goofed up.
2. To cause someone or something to blunder: The directions to the park were confusing and they goofed me up. You're not alone in getting lost; that fork in the road goofs up everybody.
3. To perform something badly; blunder in executing something: You really goofed up the spelling section of the test. The band didn't rehearse enough before the concert and really goofed the march up.
See also: goof, up

goof

(guf)
1. n. a foolish oaf; a goofy person. Don’t be a goof. Get with it.
2. in. to use heroin or some other addictive drugs without intending to become addicted; to play around (with heroin). (Drugs.) Gert spent the first few years just goofing.
3. in. to scratch, nod, and slobber after an injection of heroin. (Drugs.) She has been goofing for an hour.
4. and goof up in. to make a blunder. This time, you goofed. I’m afraid I goofed up.
5. n. a blunder; an error. This goof is yours, not mine.

goof up

verb
See goof
See also: goof, up

goof off

1. and goof around in. to waste time. You guys are goofing off again! Get busy. Stop goofing around.
2. n. a time-waster; a jerk. (Usually goof-off.) I’m no goof-off, but I am no scholar either.
See also: goof, off

goof around

verb
See also: around, goof

goof on someone

in. to play a prank on someone; to involve someone in a deception. Hey, don’t goof on me. I’m your buddy!
See also: goof, on, someone

goof something up

tv. to mess something up. I hope I don’t goof up the report again.
See also: goof, something, up

goofed (up)

1. mod. messed up; out of order. All my papers are goofed up.
2. mod. confused; distraught. I was up too late last night, and now I’m all goofed up.
3. mod. high on drugs. Bob’s a little goofed up after partying too much.
See also: goof, up

goofed

verb
See also: goof

goof-proof

1. mod. foolproof; not subject to misuse. This scheme is not goof-proof, but it’s pretty sound.
2. tv. to make something foolproof; to take action to see that something cannot be misused. See if this can be goof-proofed by Monday evening.
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Rowboats on a misty morning, hay bales in the barn, and goofing around with little brother on the swing that grandpa built are just a few of the images that capture rural America.
The campaign's TV commercials feature politicians either dawdling or goofing off in their chambers, defying California's constitutional deadline for an on-time budget.
Van der Stokker's fudging of numbers is akin to her goofing in a recent interview, in which this champion of beauty-as-banality, this unabashed promoter of prettiness, claimed she now wants "to put more ugliness in the world, because beauty doesn't work and maybe has had its time.
The first television ad shows a man waking up to find his money -- in animated form -- goofing off around his house, watching TV, lounging on the couch and tearing up the kitchen.
I want to have fun too, but freshman year, everyone was kind of goofing around a little bit too much,'' Blackwell said.
They go the extra mile to ensure you're having as good a time as they are, teasing, joking, goofing around with you, and showing you where everything is, the way a good host shows you around his house.
Goofing around with a digital camera, she finally had figured out how to make a 16-second video clip of people in the stands.
About the only time I come close to that goofy John Laroche quality is when the doors are shut and I'm just goofing off with my wife or my brother.
Our volunteers will be prepared to answer almost any question, be supportive and help these kids out, even if the kids are just goofing off.
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I almost had to kick Chris and Ramiro off the team for goofing around.
They were goofing around,'' said Highland coach Vince Burton.
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Mother Paula, dismissing the wall-punching incident as ``just Travis goofing off,'' believed not playing baseball made a big difference in her son's outlook.
Is the employee playing a game with his computer goofing off, recharging his batteries or honing the edge of essential skills?