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[goo-ber] /ˈgu bər/
noun, South Midland and Southern U.S.
the peanut.
Also called goober pea.
Origin of goober
1825-35; of Afr orig.; compare Kimbundu nguba peanut Unabridged
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  • To begin at the beginning: the "goober case" parallels in its main outlines the case of Tom Mooney.

  • The "goober," or peanut, is the special crop of this part of Virginia and Carolina.

  • "Yes, this is goober Crick," said the old man, with an air of recalling an old acquaintance.

  • goober Glory heard and felt that her own heart was surely breaking.

    A Sunny Little Lass Evelyn Raymond
  • Fix it up so your girl can't do anything on account of hurting the goober defense.

British Dictionary definitions for goober


another name for peanut
Word Origin
C19: of African (Angolan) origin; related to Kongo nguba
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Word Origin and History for goober

"peanut," 1833, American English, of African origin, perhaps Bantu (cf. Kikongo and Kimbundu nguba "peanut").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for goober



  1. Aminor skin lesion; zit: whiteheads, blackheads, goopheads, goobers, pips
  2. A stupid and bizarre person; geek, weirdo

[1970s+ Teenagers; fr goober, ''peanut,'' fr Kongo nguba, ''kidney, peanut''; first sense probably because the first syllable describes the goo that exudes from or is squeezed from the lesion]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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