Donald vs Goofy - What's the difference?

donald | goofy |


As proper nouns the difference between donald and goofy

is that donald is while goofy is a character: a slow-witted anthropomorphic dog with a goofy laugh.

donald

English

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • .
  • * 1816 , Old Mortality , Samuel H. Parker, 1836, page 232
  • "Country?" replied Cuddie; "ou, the country's weel eneugh, and it werena that dour deevil, Calver'se, ( they ca' him Dundee now) that's stirring about yet in the Highlands, they say, with a' the Donalds , and Duncans, and Dugalds, that ever wore bottomless breeks, driving about wi' him, to set things asteer again, - - -
  • * 1980 , The Glass House, a Novella and Stories , Viking Press, 1980, ISBN 0670341797, page 76:
  • My friends call me Terry. My husband always used my full name, Teresa. He said it made him feel like he was married to a foreign woman. And I never called him Don or Donny or Donny Joe. I called him Donald from the first time we met.
  • * 1991 , Donald Duk , Coffee House Press, 1991, ISBN 0918273838, page 1
  • Donald' Duk never liked his name. He hates his name. He is not a duck. He is not a cartoon character. - - - "Only the Chinese are stupid enough to give a kid a stupid name like '''Donald''' Duk," ' Donald Duk says to himself.

    Usage notes

    *Popular in all English-speaking countries in the first half of the 20th century.

    Derived terms

    * Donald Duck * (pet forms) Don, Donnie, Donny * (female given name) Donna

    goofy

    English

    Etymology 1

    Adjective

    (er)
  • silly, quirky
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=December 29 , author=Paul Doyle , title=Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=Glorious attacking and goofy defending: here was a match that encapsulated the madcap appeal of this season's Premier League.}}

    Derived terms

    * goofily * goofiness

    Etymology 2

    From the way the Disney character was first depicted surfing, with right foot forward. BBC Sport, "Sochi 2014: A jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe", 11 February 2014

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (snowboarding) riding with right foot forward.
  • Antonyms

    * (snowboarding) regular

    Coordinate terms

    * (snowboarding) switch

    References