• WordNet 3.6
    • v goof commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake "I blundered during the job interview"
    • n goof a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
    • n goof a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
    • ***


  • Newt Gingrich
    Newt Gingrich
    “We're all human and we all goof. Do things that may be wrong, but do something!”


In literature:

Charley, you're goof feller.
"Back Home" by Eugene Wood
Some guys would walk, take short cuts and really goof off.
"The Biography of a Rabbit" by Roy Benson
Let them think they goofed with the shuttles and hit you and Chris.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
Everything had gone perfectly; not even Valkanhayn's gang had goofed.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
Obviously, Dennis had goofed.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
Unless his tail goofed, he's still up there, apparently staying on as a guest.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Until an officer earns my sarcasm, he gets nothing but blasting when he goofs off.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Goofing would be a disgrace that he would have to meet in fact or in symbol.
"Instinct" by George Oliver Smith
So I'm babied and I'm coddled, and when I goof off I'm patted on the back.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
That we goofed there is your fault, Reynolds.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun

In news:

Ask an average college freshman what his days are like, and he's as likely to talk about having fun and goofing off as studying hard and going to classes.
The game-changing play was a goof.
THE Internet has proved to be a boon for workers who want to appear productive while in fact they are goofing off.
Besties Kim Kardashian and LaLa Vasquez goof off.
The Vespas were most likely being used for a scene of the Harmony Korine-directed film, but 'Spring Breakers' starlets Gomez, Hudgens and Ashley Benson goofed off a bit in between takes, riding about with huge smiles on their faces.
I goofed her fish weighed 7 lbs.
This plus 50 Shades of Gray rewards, Best Buy iPad goofs, and a coffin speaker on today's episode of The 404 Show.
I always get goofed up on the lyrics.
"It's a chance to step out of our stodgy old creative skins and for a couple of days just goof off," he said.
UNC- Chapel Hill Head: Peppers Grades Glance A Goof.
Chet Garner 's screen persona on The Daytripper – the public television travel show he created, produces, writes, edits, and hosts – is that of a sort of everyman-goof.
Romney flubs geography, Obama goofs on rival's record, in final debate .
Chef Aaron Whitcomb goofed around during his cooking class last summer.
Christina Aguilera Jokes About Super Bowl Goof: Who Had the Biggest Musical Flub .
CIA is no place to 'goof'.

In science:

As there was only one of the latter this year, it is included with the definite goofs, in section order.
Astrophysics in 2006
Examples of text units which are redundant within the context of their tag unit include trivia items, plots, goofs etc.
Generating Concise and Readable Summaries of XML Documents
Many evaluators expressed the opinion that, while it was nice to see a special tag (in the Movie dataset, trivia, goof, had low typicality and high specialty), they did not need to see more than one or two of them.
Generating Concise and Readable Summaries of XML Documents
For long text values such as trivia, plot and goof, they were not particularly interested in the exact value chosen, but were happy to see that they were present in the summary.
Generating Concise and Readable Summaries of XML Documents
Thanks also to the CKM fitter group for updating the fit results in the so-called “Bs -triangle,” pointing out to me a long-standing goof in the LHCb TDR and other publications, including my own Thesis, also for putting up with my crazy questions about their fitting methods.
Heavy Flavour in a Nutshell