Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An incompetent, foolish, or stupid person.
  • noun A careless mistake; a slip.
  • intransitive verb To make a silly mistake; blunder.
  • intransitive verb To waste or kill time.
  • intransitive verb To tease or make fun of someone.
  • intransitive verb To spoil, as through clumsiness; bungle. Usually used with up:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. a stupid fool.
  • intransitive verb to commit a faux pas or fault.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A mistake or error
  • noun US As a specific usage in film, an error made during production which finds its way into the final release.
  • noun US A foolish person
  • noun A child molester.
  • verb US To make a mistake.
  • verb US To engage in mischief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
  • noun a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
  • verb commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Possibly alteration of dialectal goff, fool, from obsolete French goffe, stupid.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Perhaps from dialect goff ("foolish clown") from early modern English goffen

Examples

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  • Another -oof word that's actually in the WordNet database but which WeirdNet fails to display here. As is proof. I think we have a pattern... and an odd-sounding bug report in the making.

    March 21, 2009

  • The sort of person who, when being drowned by a known attacker, will still come up for that last desperate breath and cry, voice thick with sincerity and passion, "I lerve you!"

    January 3, 2010