As nouns the difference between barbiturate and goofball
is that barbiturate
is (organic compound) any salt or ester of barbituric acid while goofball
is (informal|derogatory) a foolish or silly person.
As a adjective goofball is
(organic compound) Any salt or ester of barbituric acid.
(pharmacology) Any of derivatives of barbituric acid that act as depressants of the central nervous system and are used as sedatives or hypnotics.
(informal, derogatory) A foolish or silly person.
(informal) A pill or tablet containing a pharmaceutical which has hypnotic or intoxicating effects, especially a barbiturate.
* 1953 April 27, "
- If that goofball would put half the effort into her studies as she does into her juggling, she might do very well.
Capsules," Time :
- Strong Cobb & Co. of Cleveland announced a new barbiturate which in overlarge doses will turn the stomachs of "goofball " addicts and would-be suicides.
- He announced, with his usual goofball humor, that he'd like to marry me!