Goofball vs Goofy - What's the difference?

goofball | goofy |

As a noun goofball

is (informal|derogatory) a foolish or silly person.

As an adjective goofball

is silly.

As a proper noun goofy is

a character: a slow-witted anthropomorphic dog with a goofy laugh.




(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



    Etymology 1


  • 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


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

    * (snowboarding) regular

    Coordinate terms

    * (snowboarding) switch