goof up

goof-up

[goof-uhp]
noun Slang.
1.
a person who habitually makes mistakes, spoils things, gets into trouble, etc., especially through carelessness or irresponsibility.
2.
a mistake, blunder, malfunction, or the like.
Also, goofup.


Origin:
1940–45; noun use of verb phrase goof up

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goof

[goof] Slang.
verb (used without object)
1.
to blunder; make an error, misjudgment, etc.
2.
to waste or kill time; evade work or responsibility (often followed by off or around ): Exam week is not a time to goof off. We goofed around till train time.
verb (used with object)
3.
to spoil or make a mess of (something); botch; bungle (often followed by up ): You really goofed up the job.
noun
4.
a foolish or stupid person.
5.
a mistake or blunder, especially one due to carelessness.
6.
a source of fun or cause for amusement: We short-sheeted his bunk just for a goof.
Verb phrases
7.
goof on, Slang. to tease, ridicule, or mock; make fun of.

Origin:
1915–20; apparently variant of obsolete goff dolt < Middle French goffe awkward, stupid

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goof (ɡuːf)
 
n
1.  a foolish error or mistake
2.  a stupid person
 
vb (often foll by off)
3.  to bungle (something); botch
4.  (intr; often foll by about or around) to fool (around); mess (about)
5.  (tr) to dope with drugs
6.  (US), (Canadian) to waste time; idle
 
[C20: probably from (dialect) goff simpleton, from Old French goffe clumsy, from Italian goffo, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

goof
1916, Amer.Eng., "stupid person," perhaps a variant of Eng. dial. goff "foolish clown" (1869), from 16c. goffe, probably from M.Fr. goffe "awkward, stupid," of uncertain origin. Or Eng. goffe may be from M.E. goffen "speak in a frivolous manner," possibly from O.E. gegaf "buffoonery," and gaffetung "scolding."
Sense of "a blunder" is c.1954, probably infl. by gaffe. The verbal meaning "waste time" is 1932; the verb meaning "make a mistake" is from 1941. Goof off "loaf" is also from 1941. Adj. goofy is attested from 1921. The Disney character of that name began life as Dippy Dawg c.1929. Goofball "narcotic" is from 1938; as an intensive of goof, it dates from 1959.
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Slang Dictionary

goof definition

[guf
  1. n.
    a foolish oaf; a goofyperson. : 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. in.
    and goof up. 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.
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goof (sth) up definition


  1. tv.
    to mess something up. : I hope I don't goof up the report again.
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Idioms & Phrases

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]

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