Definition of goofball in English:



informalNorth American
  • 1A naive or stupid person.

    • ‘Had not Wray come up with this magical concept, I would never have enjoyed so many hours in garages and basements with other like-minded goofballs as a teenager.’
    • ‘The Folk Fest, on the other hand, has a town full of goofballs who insist that ‘headliners’ are what it needs more than anything else.’
    • ‘No wonder Jim Jeffords wanted nothing to do with these goofballs.’
    • ‘Hollywood's show biz kids seem to take particular pleasure in pillorying goofballs, which hardly satisfies.’
    • ‘In fact, though, they are largely the same goofballs that show up wherever people meet to talk about free trade.’
    • ‘It's gotten to the point where the protesters are pretty much all goofballs.’
    • ‘Are you going to roll on the floor laughing at these two goofballs?’
    • ‘I was working my way down my normal jogging path on S Street in Dupont Circle when a little goofball on a skateboard - maybe 13 years old or so - was coming toward me and stumbled and fell in my direction.’
    • ‘By the pictures that I'm seen of him, he's a big goofball.’
    • ‘He doesn't manage to be a goofball every single moment, but there are aspects of his performance that are goofball-ish.’
    • ‘This goofball has been showered with tens of millions of dollars by his American fans, who have even humored his fantasy that he can sing, or rap, or whatever.’
    • ‘And don't worry, I'm developing a character and a costume and I'll make an extra effort to be the biggest goofball on stage that night.’
    • ‘And a redheaded goofball named Grant sticks his fist in his mouth.’
    • ‘And you know, I got to tell you, my brother's a little bit of a goofball.’
    • ‘When she's not doing some wild stunt - and she insists on doing the stunts herself - she's being a goofball.’
    • ‘Well, he's a goofball with a penchant for cracking idiotic quips during combat.’
    • ‘Cameron is a goofball about stuff other than health but he's so sweet about it that I just giggle.’
    • ‘As his views and his persona both became better known, he was widely regarded as a goofball.’
    • ‘Brad is the kindest person I know and the sweetest goofball on the planet.’
    • ‘He's a goofball and always has been; you can see it in the pictures from his youth and from Vietnam.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
  • 2A narcotic drug in the form of a pill, especially a barbiturate.

    • ‘I thought goofballs disappeared along with bennies, zoot suits and Vault of Horror comics.’
    • ‘Here's a little checklist to see if your fitness instructor is selling goofballs in the shower.’
    • ‘In Vanishing Point, a man known only as Kowalski gets hepped up on goofballs and bets that he can drive a white Dodge Challenger muscle car from Denver to San Francisco in approximately 15 hours.’