Relax vs Goof - What's the difference?

relax | goof |

As verbs the difference between relax and goof

is that relax is to calm down while goof is (us) to make a mistake.

As a noun goof is

(us) a mistake or error,.




  • To calm down.
  • To make something loose.
  • to relax''' a rope or cord; to '''relax the muscles or sinews
  • * Milton
  • Horror all his joints relaxed .
  • To become loose.
  • To make something less severe or tense.
  • to relax''' discipline; to '''relax one's attention or endeavours
  • To become less severe or tense.
  • To make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • The stature of mortmain was at several times relaxed by the legislature.
    , year=1953 , author=Edward Corwin , title=The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation , chapter=Section 2. Jurisdiction citation , page=589 , passage=The Court rejected the contention that the doctrine of sovereign immunity should be relaxed as inapplicable to suits for specific relief as distinguished from damage suits, saying: "The Government, as representative of the community as a whole, cannot be stopped in its tracks by any plaintiff who presents a disputed question of property or contract right."}}
  • (of codes and regulations) To become more lenient.
  • To relieve (something) from stress.
  • Amusement relaxes the mind.
  • (dated) To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open.
  • An aperient relaxes the bowels.


    * stress, excite

    Derived terms

    * relaxable


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    (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