Gulf vs Goof - What's the difference?

gulf | goof |

As nouns the difference between gulf and goof

is that gulf is a hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin while goof is (us) a mistake or error,.

As a verb goof is

(us) to make a mistake.



(wikipedia gulf)

Alternative forms

* gulph (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin.
  • * Milton
  • He then surveyed / Hell and the gulf between.
  • * Bible, Luke xvi. 26
  • Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed.
  • (obsolete) That which swallows; the gullet.
  • * 1606 , , IV. i. 23:
  • Witch's mummy, maw and gulf / Of the ravined salt sea shark,
  • That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy.
  • * Tennyson
  • a gulf of ruin, swallowing gold
  • (geography) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially landlocked sea; as, the Gulf of Mexico or Persian Gulf.
  • (mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode.
  • A difference, especially a large difference, between groups
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=September 7 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Moldova 0-5 England , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=England were graphically illustrating the huge gulf in class between the sides and it was no surprise when Lampard added the second just before the half hour. Steven Gerrard found his Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson and Lampard arrived in the area with perfect timing to glide a header beyond Namasco.}}

    Derived terms

    * engulf * Gulf Coast * Gulf Stream * Gulf War * gulfweed * gulfy




    (en noun)
  • (US) A mistake or error,
  • I made a goof in that last calculation.
  • # (US, cinematography) An error made during production which finds its way into the final release.
  • (US) A foolish and/or silly person; a goofball.
  • Your little brother is a total goof .
  • A child molester.
  • Synonyms

    * (error) blooper, boo-boo, error, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko * See also


    (en verb)
  • (US) To make a mistake.
  • It's my fault: I goofed.
  • (US) To engage in mischief.
  • We were just goofing by painting the neighbors cat green.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    (terms derived from goof) * goof around * goof off * goof-off * goof up * goofball * goofy