Barbiturate vs Goofball - What's the difference?

barbiturate | goofball |

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




Alternative forms

* barbituate


(en noun)
  • (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.
  • See also

    * amphetamine




    (en noun)
  • (informal, derogatory) A foolish or silly person.
  • If that goofball would put half the effort into her studies as she does into her juggling, she might do very well.
  • (informal) A pill or tablet containing a pharmaceutical which has hypnotic or intoxicating effects, especially a barbiturate.
  • * 1953 April 27, " 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.


  • Silly.
  • He announced, with his usual goofball humor, that he'd like to marry me!

    See also

    * oddball * screwball