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[goof-awf, -of] /ˈgufˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun, Slang.
a person who habitually shirks work or responsibility; idler.
Origin of goof-off
1950-55; noun use of verb phrase goof off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for goof-off
  • It's not being a goof-off, or refusing to take something seriously.
  • Of course, everyone knows it's true, but no place wants to be seen as the place to goof-off.
Slang definitions & phrases for goof-off


  1. A person who regularly or chronically avoids work; fuck-off: getting kicked out of seminary as a goof-off
  2. A period of relaxation; respite: A little goof-off will do you good (WWII armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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