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goof n : a man who is a stupid incompetent fool [syn: fathead, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, twat, zany] v : commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake; "I blundered during the job interview" [syn: sin, blunder, boob]

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  1. A mistake or error
    I made a goof in that last calculation.
  2. As a specific usage in film, an error made during production which finds its way into the final release.
  3. A foolish person
    Your little brother is a total goof.
  4. In prison, a goof is a term reserved for child molesters. Ex-cons take immense offense at being casually called a goof; goofs in prison are beat up by other inmates for their past crimes.


A mistake or error
an error made during production which finds its way into the final release
A foolish person
child molester


  1. To make a mistake.
    It's my fault: I goofed.
  2. To engage in mischief.
    We were just goofing by painting the neighbors cat green.


To make a mistake
To engage in mischief

Extensive Definition

| |- | |- | |- | |- | |} A goof in film making is an error made during film production which finds its way into the final released picture. Depending upon the film and the actual scene, the goof may have different effects: a loss in realism, an annoyance, or it could just be funny. It is often a type of continuity error. Goofs are also known as "bloopers" or "mistake".
There are several types of goofs, for example:
  • Somebody or something from the film crew is in the picture that wasn't planned (e.g., camera and cameraman is reflected in a mirror, or the microphone is visible).
  • Chronological or conditional errors (e.g. a cigarette getting longer with the next scene, a bruise wandering from the left to right leg, damage to a building that disappears, or moved props).
  • Historical inaccuracies and anachronisms (e.g., an HDTV set in a film set in the 1970s, radio tower in cowboy movie).
  • Geographic: an object or landmark reveals the scene was filmed in a different city than the city it is set. This is very common in Hollywood films that are shot in Canada.
Goofs can be found in a large number of films, even in very expensive productions. Star Wars IV for example has been counted to have 200 goofs in it, ranging from disappearing props, to a storm trooper hitting his head on an opening door.
In broader usage, a goof is a mistake, or a foolish person. In the context of foolishness, the word was a favorite of Dennis Farina on the TV series Crime Story.
"Goof" has also come to be a slang name for a child molester, especially in prisons. This usage likely stems from the previous usage, i.e., the offender was foolish for making such a mistake.


The actual origin of the word is unknown, but several origins have been conjectured. According to Merriam-Webster, "goof" is likely a variation of "goff" in an English dialect, meaning simpleton. Some say the word may come from an identically-pronounced Hebrew word meaning "body". Others believe that it was inspired by the Disney character, Goofy (though it is more likely that the character got his name from the word, not the word from the character).


Goof is the usual word on the IMDb site for blooper.


External links

goof in German: Filmfehler
goof in Polish: Bugs (kinematografia)
goof in Russian: Ляп (кинематограф)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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